Potential Of Rangelands To Be Realised

Potential Of Rangelands To Be Realised

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture & Food Terry Redman

New Group Formed To Help Revitalise Rangelands

Victor P Taffa

The State Government has announced the formation of a new Project Team to implement plans to unlock the potential of Western Australia’s Rangelands.

The Government will invest $2.25 Million in Royalties for Regions funding to support the Rangelands Reform Program.

The Rangelands cover 87 % of the State’s Land Mass stretching from the South Coast to the Kimberley. It includes 460 Pastoral Stations covering more than 87 Million ha, as well as unallocated Crown Lands and Various Reserves.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the aim of the Project Team, to be located within the Department of Regional Development and Lands, was to find ways to give Pastoralists more flexibility and freedom in how they could earn a living.

 

“At present the range of activities Pastoralists can undertake on their leases is restricted to a very narrow interpretation of what are considered traditional Pastoral Practices.” Mr. Grylls said.

“For example, if a Pastoralist wanted to open a Tourism Business or even grow fodder to feed their livestock, they need to apply for a Special Permit.”

“We want to encourage investment in the Industry and make it a lot easier for Pastoralists to find other ways to earn an income or expand their Business.”

In conjunction with other Government Agencies and the Pastoral Lands Board, the Department of Regional Development and Lands will begin work in 2011 towards drafting changes to the Lands Administration Act 1997 to allow lease holders increased capacity to Diversify Operations.

Mr. Grylls said a number of alternative Tenure Options were being progressed, such as perpetual Pastoral Leases, a Rangelands Lease that provides for multiple land use instead of or in addition to traditional Pastoral Operations and reviewing existing permitting arrangements.

WA Minister for Agriculture & Food Terry Redman

WA Minister for Agriculture & Food Terry Redman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rangelands Reform Program will build on the work of the Southern Rangelands and Pastoral Diversification reviews instigated last year by Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman.

“Another key element of this reform Program will be the creation of a ‘one-stop-shop’ to reduce red tape and streamline the process for approving pastoral lease diversification applications.” Mr. Redman said.

The Hon Wendy Duncan MLC, who chaired the Southern Rangelands Review, has been asked by the Ministers to take a lead role in consulting with stakeholders to deliver the program.

Ms. Duncan said that developing alternative forms of land tenure would provide current and future leaseholders greater flexibility, security and incentives to invest.