Pas­toral­ists urged to at­tend re­gional fo­rums

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Se­cu­rity for pas­toral leases, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and ran­ge­lands devel­op­ment will be the fo­cus of a se­ries of stake­holder fo­rums as part of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the draft Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Amend­ment Bill 2016 in April.

Depart­ment of Lands di­rec­tor-general Colin Slattery said the fo­rums were be­ing held in re­gional lo­ca­tions as well as Perth.

Feed­back to date has re­sulted in the in­tro­duc­tion of buf­fers be­tween pas­toral lessees and a fu­ture min­is­ter for lands in the form of two pro­tec­tions against ad­verse de­ci­sions.

The first pro­tec­tion will be the re­quire­ment for the min­is­ter to seek ad­vice from a rel­e­vant in­de­pen­dent ex­pert be­fore mak­ing cer­tain ad­verse de­ci­sions on a lease.

The sec­ond pro­tec­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for a pas­toral­ist to ap­peal to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal should the min­is­ter de­cide not to re­new a lease on the grounds of non­com­pli­ance.

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