I congratulate you and the WA Government on this milestone announcement to create economic diversification in the WA Outback through changes to the Land Administration Act 1997.
Landholders in the WA Outback have been calling for change for many years and these proposed changes will offer new leases for tourism, conservation, carbon farming and Aboriginal economic development.
The proposed private conservation leases will allow environmental groups to protect native flora and fauna, creating long-lasting benefits for people, nature and the economy.
I strongly support the amendments to the Land Administration Act and the benefits it will create for landholders in the WA Outback, however I encourage the government to maintain protection of native vegetation, soil and land condition on diversified leases.
I encourage you to consult with Traditional Owners and leaseholders who will be impacted by these proposed amendments.
I look forward to seeing further details on the proposed amendments. They have the potential to create the framework to address long-term challenges facing the WA Outback, providing a more diversified and resilient economy, while protecting and restoring nature.
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