Dear Premier McGowan and Minister MacTiernan,
Michael Clinch is a pastoralist from the southern part of WA’s Outback. He’s a committed custodian of our Outback lands – he’s worked hard over many years to regenerate the land and restore his pastoral lease to health.
But antiquated laws restricted what he could do on his station, and he and his family have been forced to sell up and leave the land.
Our Outback is a landscape that needs people actively caring for it, so the departure of people like Michael is a huge loss for our Outback – and there are other families facing similar tough decisions. That’s why I’ve added my name to Michael’s petition calling on you to urgently take action to reform WA’s outdated Outback laws.
Reform of WA’s Outback laws is the first step to creating the opportunity for people like Michael to diversify into enterprises such as carbon farming and tourism, and would provide greater freedom for pastoralists to regenerate the parts of our Outback that need it most.
Here’s the petition I’ve signed:
“I call on you to commit to positive changes for WA’s Outback. Our Outback can’t wait any longer – people are leaving the land and, without hands-on management from people who know and love the land, the natural and cultural heritage that is part of who we are as Western Australians is at risk.
I urge you and your government to put Outback reform high on the agenda. Please support proposed reforms that will allow people to diversify into more sustainable enterprises and activities. Please create the opportunity for new jobs in carbon farming, Indigenous land management and tourism. Please give Outback people and nature a fair go and a brighter future.”