About

About SRPA

SRPA is a non-profit incorporated community association, with its own
Incorporation Number, ABN, Tax File Number, Insurance and independent financial arrangements.

The association is governed by a Board of 9 members, all pastoralists in the Southern Rangelands.

These Board members volunteer their time and efforts to govern the SRPA so that it meets all compliance requirements and to guide the group in such a way that it delivers real outcomes for its members.

Map of Western Australia and regions
Goulding, P.M. (2014), Generalised Regions of Western Australia.
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Map.ext to edit it.

Why SRPA?

The WA Southern Rangelands encompass all the land area south of the Pilbara (but not including the South-West Land Division) and are home to landscapes that have suffered severe loss of perennial ground cover plant species and the consequent erosion due to a century of Merino enterprises that could sustain a profit with poor reproduction and mortality figures.

After the collapse of the Wool Reserve Price Scheme came the wild dog explosion that eliminated both sheep and goats, forcing many stations to develop alternative businesses servicing the mining industry.

Relief from grazing pressure has enabled some landscapes to regenerate and pastoralists are either erecting predator proof fences for the eventual re-introduction of sheep and/or re-engineering infrastructure to run cattle.

Over time Federal, State and Local governments have identified “revitalising the rangelands” as part of their economic development strategies. However, Industry leadership has been lacking and no clearly articulated and coordinated pathway through which to deliver development activities has meant no significant contribution to this aim. The pastoral industry of the Southern Rangelands has lacked an industry leadership group, with no single voice to determine and address priorities for revitalisation.

On October 2nd, 2020, a “roundtable” forum was held at Mount Magnet to gauge pastoralists’ interest in forming a grower group to represent the southern rangelands area. There was unanimous endorsement to establish a Grower Group for the Southern Rangelands and an interim committee was nominated. The committee subsequently agreed to name the group the Southern Rangelands Pastoral Alliance (SRPA).

Meeting Minutes

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