SAFEGUARDING PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND
Protecting water and food production from extractive industries
Around 11,000 people worked in agriculture in WA in 2009-2010, but the protections for the land they work on to produce food are weak. Prime agricultural land in Western Australia is not defined in WA. The Greens believe it should be defined under a scientifically based land classification system which has been developed with the farmers input.
The Greens believe the State’s Mining Act should be amended to protect prime agricultural land and water sources, from mining operations. This would mean that an exploration license, retention license, general purpose license or mining lease cannot be granted under that Act in relation to any such protected land and water sources.
The Greens believe that if any dispute arises as to whether or not any particular land is prime agricultural land, any party to the dispute should be able to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for a determination
The Greens are also working towards a ban on new unconventional gas and coal mines, and stronger federal environmental laws to more strongly regulate unconventional gas and coal mining, including a water trigger. The Greens are the only party that are standing up to protect our precious water resources and agricultural land from fracking.
Authorised by Chris Dickinson & Adam Duncan, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth