MacTier­nan takes on pas­toral re­form

Great Southern Herald - - News - Rueben Hale

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan has taken over re­spon­si­bil­ity for pro­gress­ing pas­toral lands re­form.

In a sur­prise move, Ms MacTier­nan, who had worked as min­is­ter for lands in the for­mer Gal­lop/ Car­pen­ter La­bor gov­ern­ment and worked on al­ter­na­tive mod­els for pas­toral ten­ure, will re­place Lands and Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, who is busy work­ing on Metronet.

Ms MacTier­nan said she was keen to start the pas­toral lands re­form process, which had been put back on the State Gov­ern­ment agenda after Ms Saf­fi­oti com­mit­ted to restart­ing it in June.

If Ms MacTier­nan gets re­form leg­is­la­tion through Par­lia­ment, she will suc­ceed where for­mer lands min­is­ter Terry Red­man failed.

This en­gage­ment will build on the con­sul­ta­tion be­ing un­der­taken by the Pas­toral Lands Board with pas­toral lease­hold­ers aimed at in­creas­ing eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, stream­lin­ing ap­proval pro­cesses and boost­ing se­cu­rity of ten­ure.

Key op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ex­plored through the pas­toral lands re­form process in­clude car­bon farm­ing, ir­ri­gated agri­cul­ture, and tourism.

Ms MacTier­nan will in­form Ms Saf­fi­oti of crit­i­cal de­ci­sion points as the re­form pro­gram pro­gresses.

The min­is­ters will present a joint sub­mis­sion to Cabi­net once the con­sul­ta­tion process is com­plete.

“The range­lands are ca­pa­ble of sus­tain­ing far more eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and job-cre­at­ing po­ten­tial if we get this right,” Ms MacTier­nan said.

“We need to build the eco­log­i­cal sus­tain­abil­ity of pas­toral lands through di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and at­ten­tion to the re­gen­er­a­tion of soil and veg­e­ta­tion.

“We will work closely with in­dus­try on a model that will de­liver real op­por­tu­ni­ties on pas­toral lands to cre­ate new jobs and eco­nomic devel­op­ment across the State.”

Mount Mag­net pas­toral­ist Jor­gen Jensen said he was con­fi­dent Ms MacTier­nan would play a vi­tal role in range­lands re­form.

Mr Jensen, whose fam­ily had run sheep on their sta­tion, Yow­er­agab­bie, for more than 50 years be­fore de­stock­ing five years ago be­cause of wild dog at­tacks, said south­ern range­lands pas­toral­ists ur­gently needed a re-en­er­gised pas­toral board to work with the in­dus­try.

“Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion needs to be en­cour­aged be­cause the out­come of that will be less pres­sure ap­plied to the range­lands,” he said.

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