WA moves on salinity management

The Western Australian government has announced it is working towards a ‘new direction for salinity management’ for the state after releasing a consultation review paper earlier this week.

The review comes after the release of the 2018 report by the state’s Auditor General into land management, which concluded that the state did not have suitable access to information on the impacts of salinity.

"Governments have dropped the ball on broadscale salinity management over the past 10 years, but we are absolutely committed to reinvigorating the salinity fight to help protect agriculture, our natural resources and community assets,” State Minister for Agriculture Alannah MacTiernan said.

The newly released independent review, A New Direction in Salinity Management, incorporates key stakeholder input and recommends improvements through four key 'pillars' - information, governance, innovation and investment.

"We've brought stakeholders together across agriculture, natural resource management, community, aquaculture, carbon farming and science to address this challenge,” Ms MacTiernan said.

The review report can be found here. It is available for public comment until close of business Monday 27 May 2019.

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