MacTier­nan calls for unity from pas­toral­ists

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jenne Bram­mer

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan plans to re­write laws af­fect­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in WA’s north within the next nine months.

But she fired a warn­ing to the pas­toral in­dus­try that if it could not work to­gether on its re­quire­ments by April, the Govern­ment would walk away from ef­forts to re­form the range­lands, which rep­re­sent about 90 per cent of the State’s land area.

At the Kim­ber­ley Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual con­fer­ence, Ms MacTier­nan said af­ter eight years of failed ne­go­ti­a­tions un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment she wanted to get draft leg­is­la­tion to Cab­i­net by the mid­dle of next year.

The pro­posed re­forms cen­tre on cre­at­ing a more flex­i­ble form of land ten­ure that does not re­strict eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity to the graz­ing of live­stock, while giv­ing pas­toral­ists more se­cu­rity of ten­ure.

Ms MacTier­nan, who re­cently as­sumed lead re­spon­si­bil­ity for the range­lands, said she was not wed­ded to the abo­li­tion of the Pas­toral Lands Board, though a mech­a­nism had to be put in place to en­sure it ful­filled the right du­ties.

The pro­posed abo­li­tion of the lands board by for­mer lands min­is­ter Terry Red­man was fiercely op­posed by the Pas­toral­ists and Gra­ziers As­so­ci­a­tion, whose in­flu­ence on the Lib­eral Party was blamed for the fail­ure to get draft leg­is­la­tion on the Cab­i­net agenda last year af­ter many years of work.

Ms MacTier­nan said car­bon farm­ing would have to be part of the mix in cre­at­ing a new in­come stream, while pro­mot­ing greater sus­tain­abil­ity.

She said the PLB had been charged with con­sult­ing in­dus­try and would re­port back.

“I have said to KPCA they must work to­gether with PGA and have a uni­fied sub­mis­sion,” she said.

“Not ev­ery­one is go­ing to get ev­ery­thing they ab­so­lutely want. Un­less we can get a con­sen­sus to emerge, this ef­fort will not go any­where.”

She said she wanted to re­con­vene with the whole of in­dus­try in April to dis­cuss a pack­age.

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