Pastoralists write to Premier in support of reform

A group of pastoralists from Mount Magnet, Gascoyne Junction and Port Hedland have signed a letter to Premier Colin Barnett in support of the WA Government's proposed reforms to Outback laws.

The group is led by Cue pastoralist Tom Jackson, who was a member of the 2009 Wendy Duncan Review which made recommendations resulting in the Government’s rangelands reform program.

He told The Countryman that a meeting with the Premier was needed to ensure a sensible discussion between pastoralists and the Government.

“The Government’s efforts in pursuing a rangelands reform agenda to date are appreciated by pastoralists like myself who believe that changes are long overdue,” Mr Jackson said.

Meekatharra pastoralist Jason Hastie, who also signed the letter to the Premier, told the Farm Weekly in an article published yesterday that the new legislation is a step in the right direction towards addressing some of the challenges in WA's Outback.

Read The Countryman article here.

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