WA pastoralists register 20 new carbon farming projects

  • 20 new Human Induced Regeneration carbon farming projects successfully registered on WA pastoral lands
  • Final approvals from WA Government anticipated in April 2019

The McGowan Government welcomes today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Clean Energy Regulator of 20 new carbon farming projects successfully registered on Western Australian pastoral lands.

The projects, worth $12 million and based in the northern Wheatbelt, Murchison and Goldfields, are in addition to 13 projects announced in June.

The total value for WA Human Induced Regeneration carbon farming projects registered in the Emissions Reduction Fund is estimated to be $57 million.

The McGowan Government announced in-principle support for carbon farming projects in April this year, paving the way for pastoral lessees to compete in the national auction.

The State will make a final determination in April 2019 on project eligibility and the provision of interest holder consent.

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As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

“We are delighted to see such strong uptake of carbon farming on Western Australian pastoral lands.

“Since the State’s announcement of in-principle support for carbon farming, more than 30 projects have registered in less than six months.

“This demonstrates WA pastoralists are serious about diversification and improving the condition of the land.”

As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

“Carbon farming offers us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint, and provides environmental, economic and social benefits for the regions.

“It’s great news that Western Australian pastoralists are showing a commitment to improving biodiversity and environmental values.”

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