Push against ten­ure changes

Pilbara News - - News - Brad Thomp­son

The State Gov­ern­ment faces a show­down with Gina Rine­hart if it tries to push through changes to the Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act with­out the sup­port of the Pas­toral­ists and Gra­ziers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The PGA has blasted Lands Min­is­ter Terry Red­man over the pro­posed changes, which in­clude scrap­ping the Pas­toral Lands Board.

Mrs Rine­hart said Han­cock Prospect­ing would li­aise with the PGA over any changes to land use laws cov­er­ing al­most 90 per cent of the State.

“We would not like to see the pas­toral in­dus­try di­min­ished in any way,” she said.

“The pas­toral in­dus­try is very valu­able and con­trib­utes greatly to the wealth of Aus­tralia. We would not want to see any­thing in­tro­duced that would re­duce the abili- ty to graze live­stock.” The PGA is con­cerned about moves to re­place the PBL with a Pas­toral and Ran­ge­lands Ad­vi­sory Board made up of a broader group, in­clud­ing those in con­ser­va­tion and tourism. The cur­rent and past four PGA pres­i­dents wrote to Mr Red­man urg­ing him to re­tain the PLB.

Mrs Rine­hart and her fam­ily have long-stand­ing ties to the pas­toral in­dus­try through Mulga Downs and Han­cock Prospect­ing now owns Liveringa, Ner­rima and Fos­sil Downs in the Kim­ber­ley.

Yougawalla Pas­toral Com­pany owner Harold Mitchell and oth­ers say the pro­posed changes will un­lock the value and pro­duc­tiv­ity in pas­toral leases cov­er­ing 87 mil­lion hectares.

Mr Red­man said he had tried to deal with the PGA con­cerns by creat­ing safe­guards, in­clud­ing giv­ing pas­toral­ists the right of ap­peal to the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

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