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Question On Notice No. 2611 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 Regional Prosperity section of the Climate Change In Western Australia Issues Paper, specifically the discussion around carbon offsets, and I ask:
(a) will the State Government implement a Western Australia, first policy for carbon offsets to ensure Western Australia benefits form the economic and environmental opportunities;
(b) if yes to (a), when is such policy likely to be implemented; and
(c) if no to (a), please explain why the State Government will not formally support this emerging industry in Western Australia?

Answered on 29 November 2019

(a)–(c)  As set out in the Climate Change in Western Australia - Issues Paper activities in Western Australia which generate greenhouse gas emission offsets (‘carbon offsets’) can deliver a range of environmental, social and economic benefits including regional diversification, Aboriginal employment and biodiversity conservation.

The Government has already taken steps to support carbon farming in Western Australia, including providing in principle support for eligible offset projects using grazing management techniques and the human-induced regeneration on pastoral lease land. While consultation is still underway to inform the State Climate Policy, it will capture key climate-related initiatives already established or in progress across Government and new climate change opportunities and actions, as appropriate.