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Pastoral Lands Board

 

Role and functions

The Pastoral Lands Board is a statutory authority established under Section 94 of the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA). The board has joint responsibility with the Minister for Lands for administering Western Australian pastoral leases in accordance with Part 7 of this Act.
 
Under Section 95 of the Act, the functions of the Pastoral Lands Board are to:
 
  • Advise the Minister on policy relating to the pastoral industry and the administration of pastoral leases
  • Administer pastoral leases in accordance with Part 7 of the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA)
  • Ensure pastoral leases are managed on an ecologically sustainable basis
  • Develop policies to prevent the degradation of rangelands
  • Develop policies to rehabilitate degraded or eroded rangelands and to restore their pastoral potential
  • Consider applications for the subdivision of pastoral land and make recommendations to the Minister in relation to them
  • Establish and evaluate a system of pastoral land monitoring sites
  • Monitor the numbers and the effect of stock and feral animals on pastoral land
  • Conduct or commission research into any matters that it considers are relevant to the pastoral industry
  • Provide any other assistance or advice that the Minister may require in relation to the administration of Part 7 of the Act
  • Exercise or perform such other functions as may be given under the Act or any other Act
 

The functions of the Pastoral Lands Board include:

  • Administration of pastoral leases in accordance with Part 7 of the Land Administration Act 1997; and
  • Providing advice to the Minister for Lands on policy relating to the pastoral industry and the administration of pastoral leases.
 
The Board may invite organisations or individuals to present their views or expertise on specific matters to assist the Board in its deliberations.
 

Membership

The Board consists of a Chairperson appointed by the Minister and seven Members including:

  • three members who hold or have held an interest in a pastoral lease or are or have been shareholders in a company with a beneficial interest in a pastoral lease (Pastoral Interest Members);
  • one member with expertise in the field of flora, fauna or land conservation management (Conservation Interest Member);
  • one Aboriginal member with experience in pastoral leases (Aboriginal Interest Member);
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; and
  • the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The Chairperson is the "lead" Member and uses their experience, skills and leadership abilities to effectively lead the Board and its governance processes, based on a good understanding of the public sector environment.

 

Expression of Interest - Pastoral Lands Board of Western Australia Members

 

The Expressions of Interest for the Pastoral Lands Board have now closed for all vacancies occurring during 2018. The appointment process includes consideration by the Minister for Lands and the Cabinet.

 

Current Membership as at 1 July​ 2018

The Board membership is constituted under section 97 of the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA)
 
ChairpersonTim Shackleton
Pastoral interest members (3) (Persons who hold, or have held, an interest in a pastoral lease, or are, or have been, shareholders in a company with a beneficial interest in a pastoral lease) ​ ​Jack Burton​Yeeda Pastoral Company,
Kimberley Region
Jane SaleYougawalla Station,
Kimberley Region
Ashley Dowden

​Challa Station,
​Murchison Region

Expert in the field of flora, fauna or land conservation managementDr Gaye MackenzieDirector, Collective IQ Consulting
Aboriginal person with experience in pastoral leasesDarrylin GordonLamboo Station  
Kimberley region​
​Chief Executive Officer (or appointee) of the department principally assisting in the administration of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007​Ralph AddisDirector General of the Department of  Primary Industries and Regional Development
Chief Executive Officer (or appointee) of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage​Gail McGowanDirector General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

 

Consultation Workshops

At the request of the Minister for Lands the Pastoral Lands Board (PLB) has recently concluded a series of consultation workshops. Information gathered from the pastoral industry during these workshops has informed the PLB's advice to the Ministers for Lands and Agriculture in the paper 'Priorities for Strengthening the Economic Viability and Ecological Management of the Pastoral Estate'.

 

The recommendations made by the PLB include:

  • Creating a strategic vision for the pastoral industry;
  • Improving security of land tenure for pastoralists;
  • Introducing a risk based approach to assessing applications for diversified economic activity on pastoral leases;
  • Introducing a new optional lease type which would enable more diverse activity on pastoral leases;
  • Developing a land condition monitoring system that assists the State Government as land owner and pastoralists as land managers, to acquit their respective responsibilities; and

Developing a program to assist Aboriginal pastoralists to better realise opportunities for economic, environmental and social benefits.

 
Meeting dates
 

2018 meetings:​ ​

MonthDate​Details
​February

​Thursday, 22 February 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

​May

Thursday, 3 May 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

​June

​Friday, 22 June 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

​August

​Thursday, 30 August 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

November

​Thursday, 1 November 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Meekatharra

​Friday, 2 November 2018

​Regional Stakeholder Forum - Meekatharra​

​December

​Thursday, 13 December 2018

​Face to Face Meeting - Perth

 
 
 
Contact the PLB: plb@plb.wa.gov.au
 
For media enquiries regarding the PLB please email: media@dplh.wa.gov.au

 

​​​​​PLB communication to Pastora​lists​


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