Pastoral Lands Board welcomes highly anticipated industry reforms
Friday 8 November 2019
Reforms to improve environmental and land management outcomes for one of Western Australia’s oldest industries have been welcomed today by the Pastoral Lands Board.
Reforms to improve environmental and land management outcomes for one of Western Australia’s oldest industries have been welcomed today by the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB).
PLB Chair Tim Shackleton confirmed that the State Government had approved a package of reforms that are designed to update and improve administrative arrangements for pastoral land, most of which has remained largely unchanged since the 1800s.
The reform package follows a 2018 PLB report which identified the need to improve how pastoral land is managed and administered, to provide greater security of tenure for pastoralists and create better processes for diversification and development of the industry.
“Our pastoralists are facing changing market and environmental conditions and it is important they have the right tools and support to transition with the times,” Mr Shackleton said.
“The PLB is committed to supporting pastoral stations. Our early collaboration with industry representatives – including the Pastoralists and Graziers Association and the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association – was critical to get us to this point, and we look forward to continuing that collaboration in our efforts to realise true reform for the sector.
“Our role is to ensure the best practice management of Western Australia’s pastoral estate and I am pleased we have been able to contribute to a robust, modern package of reform measures that will benefit leaseholders and their broader communities.”
The reform package was developed through a collaboration of government agencies with input from a Pastoral Industry Reference Group, chaired by Mr Shackleton.
Work on the proposed reforms will now progress to drafting the necessary legislative amendments, with further public consultation to follow.
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