Clarity over carbon farming in western NSW

NSW Farmers today welcomed NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner’s confirmation that Western NSW leaseholders will have the same opportunity as freehold landowners to apply for carbon farming offsets from the Commonwealth Government.

The association’s Western Division spokesperson Wayne Newton said the announcement meant Western Lands leaseholders would now be able to capitalise on the opportunities available in a growing carbon market.

“Carbon farming has the potential to be an additional revenue stream for farmers out west but we needed clarification before we could apply to be part of schemes such as the Carbon Farming Initiative,” Mr Newton said.

“Western NSW has enormous potential for growth and development and it is imperative that the state and federal governments invest in our region.”

Western Lands Division makes up 42 per cent of the area of NSW, the vast majority of which (30 million hectares) is under perpetual leasehold with 4,724 leases in the region equating to approximately 1,700 properties.

Mr Newton said his region faced significant pressures especially because the population was declining and so too was access to services.

“NSW Farmers’ Western Division Council is committed to exploring options to reinvigorate the region. Carbon farming is an important piece of a much bigger jigsaw which we need to fit together if we are to have a thriving region,” he said.

“We will continue our call on government to increase investment in vital infrastructure such as roads, services such as health care and also to facilitate the development of new cultural and technological opportunities.”

Contact: Veneta Chapple

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