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Question Without Notice No. 1422 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 November 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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CARBON FARMING — PASTORAL LEASES

1422. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the ABC article of 20 April 2018 entitled ''Multi-billion-dollar potential for Western Australia's carbon farming industry''.

(1) Has the minister made a final determination on carbon farming project eligibility and the provision of interest holder consent; and, if so, could the minister table the government's response?

(2) Has the 12-month pilot program started, given it was meant to start in April this year?

(3) If no to (2), are all 20 projects mentioned in the minister's media release of December 2018 still eligible for funding and how many are ineligible?

(4) When will the framework and associated legislation for pastoral reform to allow carbon farming be tabled in Parliament?

(5) When will the 40 leaseholders still awaiting a response from the minister's office get further clarity on this matter?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1)–(5) As the member would be aware—it is the reason, I guess, this initiative never occurred under the previous government—it is very hard to build consensus on this, but we are, I believe, in the final weeks, closing in on a decision on this. I regret that it has taken this long. Unfortunately, this is an issue that has attracted a certain amount of resistance in areas, but we have been working very, very hard to move forward on this. We have been keeping in touch with all those pastoralists, as I understand it. The eligibility is still there and we are keeping the Clean Energy Regulator fully informed of what we are doing. I am hopeful that sometime soon we will be able to get a definitive answer on this.