- Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan updates pastoralists on pastoral lands reform in Carnarvon
Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan today outlined the McGowan Government's agenda to pursue pastoral lands reform.
Ms MacTiernan spoke to nearly 70 people, including pastoralists from 42 stations from across the pastoral region of Western Australia, as well as stakeholders representing pastoral industry peak bodies. The Minister's pastoral lands reform update was held at the Carnarvon Yacht Club.
Ms MacTiernan told pastoralists the Government was examining several strategies to optimise the potential of the pastoral estate, while protecting its natural resource assets.
These included a range of legislative, regulatory and compliance measures to ensure ecological sustainability in the rangelands, while providing pastoral lessees with greater security of tenure.
Changes to enable existing diversification permits to be transferred with a pastoral lease are also being considered to encourage investment.
Other key areas being examined include land condition monitoring and an improved compliance regime.
Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Government acknowledges that much more can be achieved on Western Australia's pastoral estate.
"We are hearing pastoralists' desire for greater security of land tenure, which would open the door to long-term planning and investment - assisting both business viability and sustainable management of the rangelands.
"We are also conscious that there is a responsibility to ensure the ecological and economic sustainability of our pastoral leases."
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Agriculture and Food Minister and I have been working closely on developing a sound package that will deliver pastoral lands reforms that will generate long-term economic, environmental and social benefits to the WA pastoral lands estate.
"It is important that we work through the options thoroughly in collaboration with industry, other stakeholders, government agencies and the Aboriginal community to ensure we produce a robust reform plan that provides for future generations."
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