A statement from Partnership for the Outback
WA’s leading Outback conservation alliance, Partnership for the Outback, has congratulated the McGowan Government on its decision this week to allow carbon farming across WA’s vast pastoral lease estate – one third of the state - labelling it ‘a genuine breakthrough for people and nature’.
- WA Ministers take historic decision to allow carbon farming on pastoral leases to proceed.
- Decision signals the start of a new multi-billion dollar industry for WA, supporting Outback families and regenerating landscapes.
- Full implementation of government reform program essential to secure jobs for the long term and unlock even greater potential of carbon farming.
Two Pilbara pastoralists rode horses to the heart of Perth to deliver an Outback petition with 7000 signatures! What a powerful statement demonstrating just how much Western Australians care about the people, nature and future of our Outback.
Thank you to all who signed the petition or helped organise the event. Enjoy the photos!Read more
Partnership for the Outback is working alongside other concerned groups such as the Isolated Children's Parents' Association WA to fight the WA Government's proposed cuts to WA's Schools of the Air. The following letter, by Lara Jensen from Wondinong Station, is a powerful explanation of why closing Schools of the Air is not acceptable.
Letters to the Editor The West Australian 8 January 2018
I am a pastoralist and a mother who lives in remote WA and never in my life have I had so much to lose.
The McGowan Labor Government’s decision to axe the five Schools of the Air across WA in 2019 has totally gutted my family and our outback community.
Our home is 80km north-east of Mt Magnet on a 77,000ha cattle station and I have two young children, one and two years old respectively.
I was educated along with my four siblings on Yoweragabbie station south-east of Mt Magnet through Meekatharra School of the Air (SOTA). It gave us all fantastic education, on a par with our city peers, and an incredible social network that has continued throughout our adult lives.Read more
Auditor General report reveals Outback WA let down by years of policy failure – but bigger reform is needed
A statement from Partnership for the Outback
Governance of pastoral leases has failed to support both lessees and the long term sustainability of land in Outback Western Australia, the findings of a government audit released this week highlight.
The report released by the Office of the WA Auditor General shows that a generation of failed policy across one third of the state has led to a significant decline in the productivity and condition of WA’s Outback.
Spokesperson for Partnership for the Outback, Suzannah Macbeth, said: “The Auditor General’s report identifies a range of critical problems and puts forward some common sense solutions that will be strongly welcomed by all stakeholders. But this report falls way short of addressing the bigger reforms which will provide many of the long-term solutions needed to restore the productivity and health of our Outback lands.”Read more
This map is really important in the work that we do, helping us to locate both the challenges that our Outback faces and the opportunities to care for our natural and cultural heritage.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll spend ages poring over the tiny print, spotting station names or national parks which trigger fond Outback memories.
Here’s a couple of interesting details to note from looking at this map:Read more
The Outback is one of the few remaining great regions of nature, and today a new study reveals an urgent truth: our Outback needs more people to care for it and to prevent permanent loss of the unique native species and rich cultural heritage.
Australia’s Outback is a landscape that has been inhabited by people for 50,000 years, yet despite this, it is unencumbered by the type of industry and development that has permanently altered many of the planet’s other great ecosystems.
In the Outback, rivers still flow freely, wildlife migrates unchanged across the landscape, and the people who live and work in the Outback have an unparalleled connection to landscape and nature.Read more
The new WA Agriculture Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, has flagged carbon farming as a key priority for the southern part of WA’s Outback.
This is a strong indication of the new Labor government’s focus on some of the challenges facing people and nature in the Outback.Read more
Tomorrow, Western Australians go to the polls to elect their state government. Here we summarise the progress of rangelands reform so far and the stated position of political parties on this issue.Read more
The news emerged today that the long-promised reforms to Outback laws have been delayed until next year.
However, the reform of outdated Outback laws is inevitable - the needs of both people and the environment in Outback WA have created unstoppable momentum for change.
The need for diversification in the Outback is urgent, so the momentum for change is not going to go away just because of a delay amending the laws.Read more
We’ve reached another crucial point towards laying the foundations for a revitalised Outback, with the Lands Minister Terry Redman announcing that he’s signed off on legislation to amend laws governing land use in WA’s Outback.
This is a welcome development. There has been pressure on the government to retreat from the reforms, as governments in previous decades have done, so their commitment to change must be recognised.
However, the full details of what’s in the legislation are yet to be revealed, so we don’t know what changes may have been made in the wake of the public consultation period that finished earlier this month. The Department of Lands received 3,330 written submissions from the public on new laws, which shows the depth of interest from people across WA in the future of our Outback.Read more