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A wide range of stakeholders were consulted in the course of developing and implementing the Rangelands Reform project since 2009.
The extensive communication in the lead up to the release of the draft Bill built on the Rangelands Reform consultation. In anticipation of a relatively short public consultation period, DoL presented to a number of regional and Perth based forums from August 2015 to explain the anticipated changes. Details of the key proposals to be included in the draft Bill were made available to all stakeholders in February 2016.
As part of the consultation process, there were 10 presentations or one-on-one briefing sessions held with Aboriginal groups to discuss the draft Bill. This included presentations to the Aboriginal Lands Trust, four Native Title Representative Bodies and various Aboriginal Corporations. Two DoL staff members also travelled through the Pilbara and Southern Rangelands in March 2016 to meet with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal lessees and conducted five group presentations.
The Department of Lands (DoL) also held the Rangelands: Sustainable Economic Development in Western Australia conference in March 2016 to showcase and discuss initiatives to facilitate economic, business and social development in the Rangelands. A total of 231 people attended and the conference heard from 16 speakers, including the Minister for Regional Development and Lands, the Minister for Water and a number of industry panellists. Attendees represented a wide cross section of stakeholder groups including current occupants of the Rangelands, agricultural and pastoral industries, the resource industry, Aboriginal land owners, Traditional owners, management, finance and investment professionals, environment and conservation sectors, science and innovation sectors, the tourism industry, local government and government agencies.
The draft Bill was released on 5 April 2016 for a four week public consultation period. As part of the formal consultation period, eight Stakeholder Forums were organised by DoL. In total, 319 people attended the public forums on the draft Bill in April 2016. The Stakeholder Forums were held in Perth, Carnarvon, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Mount Magnet, Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland over three weeks. Attendees represented the pastoral industry, pastoral stations, government agencies, local government, environment organisations, Aboriginal groups, mining groups and banking organisations. In addition, a session was organised in Derby specifically for Aboriginal consultation with 27 people attending.
DoL received 3,388 submissions during the formal consultation period on the draft Bill. This included 12 submissions from Western Australian Government agencies.
Western Australia's Rangelands make up 87% of the State, representing a huge asset which should be unlocked for the benefit all Western Australians.
The State Government wants strong and economically diverse Rangelands, with a thriving pastoral industry. The pastoral estate makes up one third of the Rangelands.
Major industries currently active in the Rangelands include:
The Rangelands Reform Program was established in 2010 to deliver:
The Rangelands Reform Program was informed by A Review of the Process to Permit Diversification on Pastoral Leasehold Land in Western Australia and the Southern Rangelands Pastoral Advisory Group's (SPRAG) Review of the Economic and Ecological Sustainability of Pastoralism in the Southern Rangelands of Western Australia. The SPRAG was chaired by Hon Wendy Duncan who also led an extensive consultation effort across the Rangelands in 2011.
A key step in unlocking the potential of the Rangelands is to update the Land Administration Act 1997 (LAA). The Minister for Lands will aim to deliver the Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016 into Parliament in 2016.
On Tuesday 1 March 2016 in Perth, the Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Hon Terry Redman MLA, and the Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry, Hon Mia Davies MLA together with industry leaders spoke at the Rangelands Sustainable Economic Development in Western Australia Conference.
Organised by the Department of Lands, the conference showcased and discussed initiatives to facilitate economic, business and social development in the Western Australian Rangelands. A 30 minute video of conference highlights is available on-line here.
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