Pastoral lease boundaries negotiable?

28 May, 2003 10:00 PM

THE State Government had not yet drawn a line in the sand over how much land pastoralists would loose when their leases expired in 2015.

At least that was the view of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Kim Chance on a recreational fishing sector claim for pastoral land along the North West Coast.

"We have set aside more land in the process of claims that we are going to need in terms of the one and two kilometre excision," he said.

"For the life of me I can't see why we need all that land to solve the issues we need to solve in relation to coastal access."

"We basically only need a road reserve and as far as I am concerned the rest is open to negotiation," he said.

Mr Chance said it had always been part of Government's plan to negotiate on boundaries and management of the land.

He said Opposition Leader Colin Barnett was technically correct when he stated the "Act" did not require Government to negotiate boundaries, and that all that could be negotiated on was land use.

"Mr Barnett also said it would require a policy change to negotiate boundaries, and he was right," Mr Chance said.

"However, it's not so much a policy change as a policy decision and that has already been made. That policy decision is that we will negotiate on the boundaries."


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