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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1054 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 September 2019 by Hon Aaron Stonehouse

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

YAKKA MUNGA STATION — LAND CLEARING

1054. Hon AARON STONEHOUSE to the minister representing the Minister for Lands:

I refer the minister to recent coverage, both online and in print, of Shanghai Zenith's land clearing activities at Yakka Munga. As I understand it, that particular legal action was brought because the company was believed to be in breach of the conditions pertaining to its pastoral lease.

(1) Is it true that, as well as limiting the actions that can be taken on pastoral land, leases also contain details of activities that must be undertaken, for example, grazing and rearing of cattle?

(2) If yes to (1), might a company be taken to court for holding, but not properly utilising, a pastoral lease in the event that they were not rearing cattle on the land in question?

(3) If yes to (2), is the minister aware of any plans to bring such an action at present?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I know this question was asked on 4 September, so the answer will be current as at that date, particularly in relation to part (3). I provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for Lands.

(1)–(2) Yes.

(3) No.