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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 835 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 9 November 2017

835. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to the minister's comments in March 2017 that it is —
      � important for the growth and development of the livestock industry to have more ''irrigated fodder crops''.
      (1) Given that there are businesses ready to invest in agricultural projects across the Pilbara and the Kimberley, has the minister visited Pardoo, GoGo, Nita Downs or Wallal stations or any of the other stations that have faced challenges in obtaining permits for irrigation?
      (2) If no, is the minister planning to visit the aforementioned stations to see their projects and the challenges they represent?
      I thank the member for the question.
      (1)–(2) I have certainly spoken with a number of those affected pastoralists and we are working, as I said. We have now set up a senior officers group that is working across the government agencies to try to resolve the layers of approvals that are required before those diversification permits can be granted.
      I actively took up the case for Pardoo with my good friend the Minister for Environment. The diversification permit that Pardoo was waiting on has been processed. It is absolutely important for me to keep in touch with the industry, which I do. Is it important for me to go out and personally inspect the sites? Will that add amazingly to my understanding of the issue? Probably not. I can assure the member that we are very engaged with the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen's Association and various pastoralists therein.