Thanks for taking the time to send your comments to the Department of Lands and to the key decision makers who will shape the future of our Outback.
You can draw inspiration from the key points we've provided. But remember - the government wants to hear your view. Your elected representatives will take your concerns much more seriously if you write your message in your own words.
Keep it positive and explain why WA's Outback matters to you.
Key point suggestions (click each point to expand)
- Rangelands lease: I support the introduction of a rangelands lease to allow more options for the sustainable management of our Outback lands. I urge you to make sure that government assists leaseholders through the transition to a rangelands lease. Otherwise, the benefits of this reform may be out of reach of most family-run stations – all leaseholders should have the opportunity to diversify into sustainable enterprises such as tourism and carbon farming if they choose to.
- Policy needed: The government's draft Rangelands Reform Bill is an excellent first step, but we need more than just law reform – the Bill must be supported by meaningful policy to make sure the Outback can thrive in the future.
- Hands-on land management: I support the ecologically sustainable management of our Outback. Over 20 million hectares of land in our rangelands is currently in poor condition, so hands-on land management needs to be a key part of these reforms. For these reasons I support Voluntary Stewardship Programs, Indigenous Ranger Programs and new land uses such as carbon farming which revive landscapes and livelihoods.
- Modern governance standards: I support the modernisation of governance standards, including ensuring the highest standards of transparency when new leases are granted, and the introduction of the Pastoral and Rangelands Advisory Board.
- Strengthen the voice of the bush: The establishment of a Pastoral and Rangelands Advisory Board (PARAB) is an appropriate measure to ensure that a diversity of expertise will be brought to the table, allowing positive, sustainable opportunities to be realised throughout WA's Outback. The PARAB should strengthen the voice of the bush by including expert representatives from a range of Outback stakeholders including tourism, conservation, pastoralism and Indigenous groups.