Eyre: Graham Jacobs

07 Feb, 2013 05:23 PM
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Third from left, Member for Eyre Graham Jacobs, discusses land clearing issues at a recent meeting in Esperance with Environment Minister Bill Marmion (left), Epasco Farms manager Rod Taylor and local farmer Nils Blumann.
Third from left, Member for Eyre Graham Jacobs, discusses land clearing issues at a recent meeting in Esperance with Environment Minister Bill Marmion (left), Epasco Farms manager Rod Taylor and local farmer Nils Blumann.

GRAHAM JACOBS

Land clearing

The most important regulation that has and will continue to entrap well-meaning landholders, is the 10 year regrowth rule.

What came from the recent land clearing forum attended by Minister and Director General of Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) was that there is no flexibility in these rules.

There is no consideration of offsets such as cleaning up a bit of regrowth and the good work farmers can do in revegetation on other parts of the farm.

I will continue to push the Minister on an independent review of native vegetation clearing on pasture land, as he was petitioned at the meeting.

Issues such as offsets increasing the one hectare rule, despite size of land holding, the ability for farmers to inquire for the need for a permit without being targeted and a revision of the investigative techniques used by DEC without the them-and-us mentality.

Wild dogs

We need to build a wild dog fence from Jerdacuttup to east Condingup to the coast, to protect our agricultural region from the incursions and ravages of wild dogs.

There are some issues of easement for the fence and a scoping study has been done by Department of Agriculture and Food in this regard.

Easement, following closely the bush farmland interface, makes the fence about 700km long.

The cost of this would be about $10m and the Premier last year, when meeting with the North Mallee Declared Species Group, gave indications that a staged funding in $2-3m allocations over the next term of government, would be possible.

The key issues in my electorate

1. Establishing an expanded, affordable air service to Esperance.

2. Boost the numbers of private GPs into Esperance and Boulder.

3. Development of the Esperance Port to serve iron ore miners in Yilgarn.

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