Land use

Western Australia is the largest Australian State, spanning 2 400 kilometres from north to south, and experiencing a variety of climatic conditions, soil and land properties, and water availability. Accordingly, the state is suited to a variety of agricultural industries ranging from open range grazing and broadacre cereal cropping through to irrigated pastures and horticulture, orchards and vineyards.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides the advice, support and tools needed to ensure the State’s land has the capability to sustain agricultural use, without degrading the soil and water resources on which it relies, and to ensure our most valuable agricultural land is protected from non-agricultural development. 

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  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) supports pastoral industries in Western Australia by supporting market development, providing information, and assessing change

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Land conservation district committees (LCDCs) are statutory committees appointed by the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation to administer land conservation districts in accordance with an Or

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Pastoral rangelands provide a range of benefits in addition to pastoralism: tourism, ecological services, mining, and cultural and heritage values for Indigenous people.

  • Buffel and birdwood grasses (Cenchrus ciliaris and C. setiger) are introduced species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • The Australian Government's 2015 inventory of the nation's sources and sinks of greenhouse gases shows agriculture was responsible for about 16% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2013.

  • This information is a resource for pastoral lessees, station managers and others to help identify plants and assess pasture condition and trend in the Pilbara rangelands of Western Australia.

  • Introducing new plants to an area can have positive and negative effects on the environment, economy and community.

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