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Water for Food is a key component of the State government's $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, funded through Royalties for Regions. The Water for Food program aims to accelerate water and land investigations and assessments across the State. It is intended to stimulate and create new irrigation precincts and expand opportunities from the Kimberley to the Great Southern.
The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture project, administered by the Department of Lands, is a key component of the $40 million Royalties for Regions funded Water for Food initiative.
In an effort to stimulate greater economic development and investment across the State for intensive irrigated agriculture, this project will assist proponents (including pastoralists and third party investors) to obtain more secure land tenure.
The project provides an opportunity for the private sector to apply to develop irrigated agricultural projects on Crown land in locations where the State is not taking a lead role.
Securing higher land tenure such as long term leasehold or freehold is a critical part of achieving irrigated agricultural development which in turn will support more sustainable economic development across the State’s Rangelands.
Changing tenure is complex and takes time. The tenure pathway will make the process clearer.
A comprehensive information package and website has been developed to assist potential proponents develop intensive agriculture on Crown land, including portions of an existing Pastoral Lease or other Crown land for example, unallocated Crown land or unmanaged reserves. The package will assist proponents to understand opportunities, risks, timeframes and costs associated with applications as well as processes they will undergo.
The package also contains the tools required to obtain government approvals and a guide and overview on negotiating an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and associated considerations.
A copy of the LTPIA Applications Guidelines is available to download here.
The Water for Food West Kimberley program is a joint venture between the Department of Water and the Department of Lands and comprises four complementary and interrelated sub-projects.
• Mowanjum Pastoral Lease Irrigation Trial
• Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation
• Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigation, and the
• Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture
Collaboratively the sub-projects will develop pathways for the conversion of areas of Crown land (subject to proponents securing required agreements and approvals at their cost) into alternative forms of land tenure, to allow for third party investment and underpin industry development in the north of the State.
The Department of Lands is the lead agency responsible for all activities regarding Crown land tenure and Crown land assembly.
The Department of Water is the lead agency responsible for the groundwater and supply options investigations as well as the coordination of the program in general.
For more information and fact sheets on the Water for Food program please see the Water for Food website.
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21 August 2015 - Land tenure boost for irrigated agriculture
Comparison of Land Uses and Land Tenures on the Rangelands
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