Last chance for car­bon farm funds

Countryman - - NEWS - Zach Relph

WA pas­toral­ists have un­til to­mor­row to tap into a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment­backed fund to de­velop car­bon farm­ing projects.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the eighth na­tional Emis­sions Re­duc­tion Fund auc­tion close to­mor­row, with WA Agri­cul­tural Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan urg­ing the State’s pas­toral­ists to take ad­van­tage of the lat­est round.

Ms MacTier­nan said the fund­ing could al­low suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants to fo­cus on graz­ing strate­gies to pro­mote na­tive veg­e­ta­tion re­gen­er­a­tion while re­duc­ing car­bon diox­ide lev­els.

“Car­bon farm­ing pro­vides a real prospect that de­pleted ran­ge­lands soil and veg­e­ta­tion can be turned around and pro­duc­tiv­ity re­stored,” she said.

The ERF is an emis­sions off­sets scheme which in­cludes the Fed­eral Govern­ment pur­chas­ing of emis­sion re­duc­tions.

In June, the Clean En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor re­vealed 15 WA pas­toral­ists’ projects were suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing $47.5 mil­lion from the fund’s sev­enth round. It fol­lowed Ms MacTier­nan an­nounce­ment in April that the McGowan Govern­ment would sup­port a num­ber of pilot se­ques­tra­tion off­set projects by pas­toral­ists.

Ms MacTier­nan said the lat­est round of fund­ing would pro­mote the State’s car­bon farm­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“West­ern Aus­tralian pas­toral­ists suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered for more than $45 mil­lion worth of car­bon farm­ing projects in the sev­enth car­bon abate­ment auc­tion,” she said.

“This up­com­ing auc­tion pro­vides sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity for WA pas­toral­ists to se­cure WA’s share and put for­ward their projects for con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti echoed Ms MacTier­nan and said WA had rel­a­tively un­tapped car­bon farm­ing po­ten­tial.

“The State, as the land owner, is con­tin­u­ing its work to con­sider el­i­gi­ble projects, af­ter which a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion will be made on the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­est holder con­sent,” she said.

Car­bon farm­ing pro­vides a real prospect that ... soil ... can be turned around Alan­nah MacTier­nan

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