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Question On Notice No. 2617 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Protecting biodiversity section of the Climate Change in Western Australia Issues Paper, and I ask:
(a) how does the State Government propose to revegetate regional areas that have retained less than 5 per cent of their original vegetation due to land clearing from agriculture, along with urban and industrial development; and
(b) what measures have already been undertaken and will the Minister please table the data supporting the effectiveness of such measures?

Answered on 29 November 2019

(a)–(b) I am advised by the Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food that the Government is progressing a pastoral lands reform package to support better land management and ecological sustainability of pastoral lease lands, with a focus on improving the condition of the pastoral estate.

Consistent with this goal, the Government has provided in principle support for eligible carbon farming activities on pastoral lease land to sequester carbon and provide an economic incentive for regeneration of vegetation on pastoral lands. Areas designated for human induced regeneration for relevant projects total approximately 1.7 million hectares, with actual revegetation dependent on rainfall, climate and effective project implementation.

While I will not pre-empt the outcome of the consultation being undertaken to inform the development of the State Climate Policy, further opportunities for revegetation and carbon sequestration in regional areas will be considered.