Call to put end to range­lands is­sue

Countryman - - OPINION -

The WA Govern­ment/Par­lia­ment needs to get off its prover­bial back­side and re­solve the range­lands ten­ure prob­lems in the State’s north, with­out fur­ther pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Peo­ple try­ing to make a go of what must be mar­ginal graz­ing coun­try at best, have been liv­ing right out on the edge for decades.

What the fu­ture holds beg­gars be­lief.

This set-and-for­get at­ti­tude must end.

Any govern­ment would not pull it on in an ur­ban seat, be­cause the con­stituent can walk round the cor­ner and give the lo­cal mem­ber an ear­ful.

The fact these peo­ple de­vote their life to the care of range­land coun­try, through drought, fire, cy­clones and good sea­sons, with­out ex­pect­ing a free ride is surely the cre­den­tials gov­ern­ments dream of.

Yet they are con­tin­u­ally swamped with a bar­rage of bu­reau­cratic pa­per­work, poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices, and an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Ur­ban WA would not stand it for a minute; why should they?

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