WA tenure plan rejected

19 Sep, 2007 09:00 PM
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THE Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) has rejected the new tenure model for pastoral leases released last week by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah McTiernan, saying it is unworkable and will fail.

Under the proposal, the Rangelands Council will sit above the Pastoral Lands Board to oversee the establishment of environmental management standards for all rangelands.

The Land Administration Amendment Bill will set up a 40-year rolling tenure, which is renewable every 10 years provided the lessee receives positive five yearly environmental management reports.

PGA president Sandy McTaggart said on Tuesday that his President’s Working Group on Land Tenure had rejected both the Land Administration Amendment Bill 2007 and the Rangelands Council Bill of 2007 in their present form.

He said the rolling lease concept was originally accepted as an option for consideration, subject to the final terms proposed for the Land Administration Act.

However the draft Land Administration Bill now contained many unacceptable provisions, with no right of appeal for the lessee.

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