Dear Premier Barnett, Minister Grylls and Mr McGowan,
Michael Clinch is a pastoralist from the southern part of WA’s Outback. He’s a committed custodian of our Outback lands – he’s worked hard over many years to restore his pastoral lease to health. But antiquated laws have restricted what he can do on his station, and now he and his family have been forced to sell up and leave the land.
This is a huge loss for our Outback – and there are many others like him. That’s why I’ve added my name to Michael’s petition calling on you to support ‘rangelands reform’. While modernising our Outback laws may have been put on hold for this year, there is still plenty you can do. Adopting policies which support diversification into enterprises such as carbon farming and tourism will help tremendously. Supporting families like the Clinchs through the diversification process will be essential.
Here’s the petition I’ve signed:
“I call on you to commit to positive changes for WA’s Outback. Our Outback can’t wait any longer – people are leaving the land and, without hands-on management from people who know and love the land, the natural and cultural heritage that is part of who we are as Western Australians is at risk.
I urge you and your party to put Outback reform high on the agenda. Please support proposed reforms that will allow people to diversify into more sustainable enterprises and activities. Please create the opportunity for new jobs in carbon farming, Indigenous land management and tourism. Please give Outback people and nature a fair go and a brighter future.”