- New Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd
- Agreement supports the development of an irrigated agricultural precinct within Pardoo Pastoral Station
- ILUA secures benefits for Ngarla people (determined native title holders represented by the Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC)
A new land agreement will open the door to more jobs in the Pilbara region and harness innovation in the Western Australian agricultural sector.
The State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (on behalf of the Ngarla people) and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd, have recently finalised negotiations concerning the terms and conditions for an ILUA to support the development of an irrigated agriculture precinct.
Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd has recently entered into a contract for feasibility works with the State Government, including an offer of a four-year development lease and freehold tenure subject to meeting terms and conditions.
A significant milestone is the successful negotiation of an ILUA between the parties to facilitate the future freehold tenure grant. This is a key condition of the contract.
The application covers an area of 9,084 hectares and is made up of portions of Pardoo Station's pastoral lease and Crown land reserves.
The proposed irrigated agriculture precinct will support irrigation development, cattle handling operations, and the establishment of an office, accommodation and workshop.
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture is providing pastoralists with a clear model to follow to pursue irrigated agriculture on their leases with the possibility of converting a portion of a pastoral lease to freehold tenure.
"This agreement is part of Pardoo's broader Pilbara beef project and a significant investment in the region, creating jobs and opportunities for the local community and adding value to the WA economy."
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The agreement is a brilliant result and signifies the willingness of the Ngarla people, Pardoo Beef Corporation and WA Government to work together and negotiate to realise mutual benefit from agricultural development in the Pilbara.
"This agreement is an outstanding example of internationally driven regional development in partnership with our first nation's people; challenging the norm of 'business as usual'; diversifying the economic opportunities in the Pilbara; providing local jobs and economic benefits; and sustainably accessing WA resources."
Comment attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
"The agreement provides a model of how pastoralists, Aboriginal people and the State Government can work together to secure outcomes which benefit the community and industry, securing jobs and investment in the Pilbara region."
Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900