Carbon farming is transforming parts of WA’s Wheatbelt. It is restoring degraded landscapes, growing back natural bushland, sucking carbon from the atmosphere and providing new jobs for regional people.
But just over the fence in the Outback – 90% of our state – carbon farming isn’t allowed.
Outdated laws and policies are denying pastoralists and other land managers the chance to breathe life back into the land, help tackle climate change and rejuvenate their communities.
I understand your government has made positive comments in support of carbon farming, but there is no time to lose. Making carbon farming a reality across the Outback should be a top priority for WA. States such as NSW already have over 140 carbon farming projects, while WA has just 8.
I urge you to act now to reform our outdated Outback laws, develop the necessary policy, and allow land managers to get on with the job.
These reforms to allow carbon farming would also have great spin-off benefits. Other sustainable businesses such as tourism, Indigenous land management, and native products harvesting would be permitted in more locations, and government royalties from carbon could be used in carbon-poor areas to help restore degraded land and grow jobs.
Carbon farming in the Outback would be a win for people, nature, jobs and our climate.
Please let me know how you intend to make this a reality.