30 October 2015
Representatives from diverse sectors met yesterday to discuss how they can work together to pursue new opportunities arising from significant changes in and around the southern rangelands of WA.
Rangelands NRM hosted the Southern Rangelands Workshop in Geraldton, bringing together representatives from government, resources, pastoral and Indigenous sectors under the one roof.
Topics discussed included potential changes in pastoral leases, diversification, sustainability and working towards a common understanding.
Each of the stakeholders were asked to share their perspectives and discuss alignment of their plans, highlight their main challenges and opportunities, and talk about possible changes.
The Development Commissions were also present, providing an update on the progress of their blueprints.
Rangelands NRM CEO Dr Gaye Mackenzie said this workshop was the beginning of a conversation.
“We are confident this will result in improved collaboration between stakeholders in the region,” she said.
“There was great energy in the room, and good alignment between participants on what the challenges are in the region and some of the opportunities that exist in the southern rangelands.”
Dr Mackenzie said everyone was willing to share their thoughts and listen to the perspective of other sectors.
“We are keen to get things happening and keep momentum going but are also aware that we need to involve the right people and this will take time,” Dr Mackenzie said.
Rangelands NRM will now work with a core group of representatives from the larger group to further develop the concepts and to seek broader involvement.
NOTES FOR EDITOR:
Rangelands NRM WA is a not for profit, non-aligned, community-based group which aims to enhance the sustainable management of the WA rangelands through facilitation, collaboration and delivering outcomes. It is the largest of the 56 NRM regions in Australia, covering around 85 per cent (2,266,000 sq km) of the WA State’s land mass, and 75 per cent of the coastline. http://www.rangelandswa.com.au
Attendees at the Southern Rangelands Workshop
Dr Gaye Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9468 5250
Mobile: 0403 404 191