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WA pastoralists asked to vote on the Government’s proposed model for environmental management of the rangelands

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Western Australia’s pastoralists would have the opportunity to have a direct say on the State Government’s proposed model for pastoral leases for environmental management of the rangelands by getting to vote on the model, reported Farm Weekly, (06/09/2007, p.12) quoting State Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah McTiernan.

Copies of bills to be posted to voters: “We will be sending every pastoral lessee a package of two Bills; the Rangelands Council Bill 2007 and the Land Adminis­tration Bill 2007, and a ballot paper,” McTiernan said.

Pastoralists keep their fingers crossed: Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Sandy McTaggart said pastoralists would wait until they received the Bills before they established a firm position on the matter. “We are a bit apprehensive about certain aspects of the new model,” he said.

Not too happy: “We have had ongoing discussions with Ms McTiernan over the past 15 months and changes we requested in written legislation do not appear to have changed” he added.

40-year rolling tenure proposed: “The Land Administration Amendment Bill would set up a 40-year rolling tenure renewable every 10 years, provided the lessee received positive five-yearly environmental management reports” Mc Tiernan said.

Minister sets ball rolling in pastures: “Pastoralists will have until 2025 to elect to move to the new model, but they could only do so once native title issues on their lease have been resolved. The legislation will only proceed if the majority of pastoralists support it,” she added.

Farm Weekly, 6/9/2007, p. 12

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