Outback beauty in focus

The petition, contained in a photo book highlighting the beauty of the state’s vast uninhabited landscapes, stresses the dangers posed to the Outback by uncontrolled fire, noxious weeds and feral animals.

An honorary life member of the Wildflower Society of WA, Mr Moyle said the Outback had been neglected by policymakers in the city because of its remoteness and relatively low population.

“I have travelled through much of WA’s Outback and love the landscape and vegetation, particularly the wildflowers, which truly are stunning if you visit at the right time of year,” he said.

The Wildflower Society of WA is part of the Partnership for the Outback, an alliance of conservation groups that is working to encourage the State Government to change laws that make it hard for Outback communities to thrive.

“Not many people are aware that if you manage a station in the Outback, then you are required by law to run cattle, sheep or goats on your land, even if the land can’t sustain livestock,” Mr Moyle said.“Yet there are many opportunities for other types of sustainable enterprises in the Outback, including tourism, carbon farming and conservation.”

Born in Wagin, Mr Nalder said that he was aware of the importance of sustainable land management and familiar with the issues raised by Mr Moyle.

“I was grateful to receive the book from Mr Moyle and have placed it on display for visitors and guests to appreciate,” he said.

“The State Government is committed to protecting our Outback by introducing the Rangelands Bill to Parliament this term.”