Re­form safe­guards ap­pease cattle group

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Brad Thomp­son

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kim­ber­ley-Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion sup­ports re­vised range­lands re­forms.

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