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Question Without Notice No. 646 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 10 October 2017

PASTORAL LEASES — LAND-CLEARING PERMITS
      646. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to an online article that appeared in The West Australian on 8 July 2017 that mentions that the minister is streamlining processes to reduce red and green tape for pastoral leases. What specific steps has the minister taken to ensure that pastoral diversification projects, including Water for Food program projects like Mowanjum, are not being held up by red and green tape?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I have been in discussions with the Minister for Environment and the Minister for Lands on these matters and, indeed, in relation to the Kimberley we took the unprecedented step of setting aside some $600 000 to undertake biodiversity studies in the surrounding areas so that when applications for land-clearing came to be assessed, there was in place a background study against which the flora and fauna in the area for which a permit was being sought could be judged. One of the problems in the determination of land-clearing permits is not actually having an understanding or knowledge of what is available outside that area. We have very proactively commissioned that work. We acknowledge we have further to go to streamline these processes and I acknowledge that the Minister for Environment has been very helpful in ensuring that various projects are being dealt with as expeditiously as possible.