Labor candidate for Pilbara,
p I strongly support the Pilbara/Kimberley live export trade. I personally recognise the important contribution the Pilbara/Kimberley live export trade makes to our economy and its role in the sustainability of our pastoral sector. Additionally I support and will do all I can to lobby for increased live exports from the Port Hedland Port.
With the proximity of the Indonesian market and its importance to the Pilbara/Kimberley live export trade, it is important that Government supports pastoralists in securing and stabilising this market into the future.
I will be a strong voice and will work hard to ensure Pilbara pastoralists' views and issues are taken into consideration in Parliament.
I have noticed over the years that the Pilbara pastoral industry has been largely ignored by Perth and as a local Pilbara person, I will put in the effort to work with and represent Pilbara pastoralists, as they have always been the foundation of community life in the Pilbara.
p I personally believe that pastoral lease rentals are too high and I am committed to fighting on Pilbara pastoralist's behalf to have them reduced. The justification for this is the recognition of the unpaid valuable service in rangeland management provided by pastoralists.
I am also keen to support pastoralists that are involved in the Rangelands NRM trial work using David Pollock's techniques in implementing these progressive new land management approaches and look at ways we can broaden this out throughout the North West.
WA Labor also supports pastoralists being offered the opportunity to manage areas of conservation estate on a fee for service basis.
p WA Labor is committed to supporting a strong and vibrant pastoral industry. WA Labor will ensure that Royalties for Regions funding is spent on ordinary people's priorities like roads, jobs, education, health services and cost of living pressures. WA Labor is keen to support pastoralists involved in implementing progressive new land restoration and management approaches. Additionally WA Labor supports the use of Royalties for Regions funding to support the diversification of the Pilbara agriculture industry, especially examples like the Pardoo station sorghum trial. A stronger Pilbara pastoral industry means a stronger WA.