If you live in the Melville area, you're now in the prime seat...

The changes to Outback laws that we’ve been working so hard to achieve are now at risk. 

Your local member Dean Nalder has only recently become Minister for Agriculture, and in the last two weeks there have been reports that he might block these historic changes. 

His opinion could sway the government one way or the other – and it’s vital that he chooses the right road ahead for our Outback.

As a resident of the Melville area, your voice counts. Please send a message to Dean Nalder now - ask him to support changes to Outback laws that will lay the foundation for a brighter future.

Here's a sample email to Mr Nalder that you can use as inspiration for your message, but please use your own words as much as possible.

Dear Mr Nalder,

I'm writing to you as a constituent in your local electorate about an issue that's important to me. As a Western Australian, I'm concerned about the future of the Outback, which is 90% of our state. 

Outdated laws are currently holding people back in the Outback, preventing them from taking up new opportunities such as carbon farming that would help their agricultural businesses prosper as well as looking after the land. 

Your government’s moves to modernise the laws governing land use in the Outback are a vital step forward. The new Rangelands Reform legislation would lay the foundations for a diversified, sustainable Outback economy and better support our Outback families.

But I am concerned that these new laws are at risk of being delayed. People in the Outback have already waited twenty years for meaningful change, and they cannot afford for the government that you're part of to leave them in limbo yet again. 

I am therefore writing to you as my local representative but also in your position as Minister for Agriculture to ask you to support Rangelands Reform. People on the land are counting on you to do the right thing. Passing the buck to the next generation of Outback families is not an option - your government must deliver on the promised reforms.  

I urge you to ensure that these new Outback laws proceed without delay.

Our Outback is an amazing place, but what makes it special is at risk. 

"It breaks my heart to leave, but I have no choice."

My family and I have made the hardest of decisions – to leave our home, Nallan Station. We’ve given every last drop of energy, time and money to bring this extraordinary part of WA back to health, but now our time is up.

Outback people need your support. Please sign Michael’s petition asking the WA Government to make the Outback a priority, so that other families aren’t forced to leave.

Will you sign?

    When you sign the petition, an email will be sent to Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Lands Rita Saffioti to let them know you’ve signed. The email will also be copied to Shadow Minister for Lands Liza Harvey, Leader of the Nationals Mia Davies, and Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple. Click here to read more

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