Reform safeguards appease cattle group
The Kimberley-Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association looks set to support revised rangelands reform legislation which eases concerns about the abolition of the industry body with oversight of livestock operations covering tens of millions of hectares.
Lands Minister Terry Redman is standing firm on scrapping the Pastoral Lands Board, but has agreed to industry safeguards that satisfy the KPCA.
However, Mr Redman faces an uphill battle to convince the Pastoralists and Graziers Association and other major industry players such as Paul Holmes a Court, the Stokes family and Gina Rinehart that his changes don’t do more harm than good.
Yougawalla Pastoral Company owners Harold Mitchell and Haydn Sale met Mr Redman in Perth last week and came away confident legislation to amend the Land Administration Act would be introduced to Parliament this year.
It is understood Mr Redman has agreed to increase the number of pastoral industry representatives on a new 10-member rangelands advisory board from two to three.
The board, which replaces the PLB, will include members from outside the industry, including conservation and tourism groups.
Station owners and operators will be able to turn to a separate five-member industry review panel if they find themselves in conflict with the advisory board and lands minister.
All five members of the panel will be pastoralists elected by their peers.
The Kimberley-Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association supports revised rangelands reforms.