About the LTPIA

What is Water for Food? 

The Water for Food (WFF) program is funded by the Royalties for Regions program and is a key component of the State Government’s broader Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture (STOA) initiative. This initiative provides a boost to regional Western Australia communities through the development and diversification of the agriculture and food sector. The Department of Water is the lead agency for the WFF program. Department of Lands (DoL) has received funding to support six projects under the WFF program, the projects are: 

  • Mowanjum Pastoral Lease Irrigation Trial
  • Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation
  • Fitzroy Valley Groundwater Investigation
  • La Grange – West Canning Basin: Groundwater for Growing Opportunities
  • Bonaparte Plains: Ord East Kimberley Expansion
  • Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA).

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The focus of the Water for Food program is to accelerate surface and groundwater investigations and overcome barriers to investment and expansion, particularly constraints around land tenure. The program will support investment in new and existing agricultural precincts.

Overview of the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA)

The LTPIA project, approved by Cabinet, is one of DoL's six projects and it aims to reduce the regulatory burden in Western Australia by outlining a clear pathway to develop land for irrigated agriculture. DoL is the lead agency for the LTPIA project.

The LTPIA will assist you in obtaining more secure land tenure, by converting a portion of a pastoral lease or other Crown land to long-term leasehold or freehold, to attract investment and allow diversification into high-value intensive irrigated agriculture. It is designed to make the process clearer and streamline information.

You should use the LTPIA when:

  • Your goal is to convert a portion of an existing Pastoral Lease or other Crown land, for example unallocated Crown land (UCL) or unmanaged reserves, to an alternative tenure for irrigated agriculture. An unmanaged reserve means there is no management body registered on the Crown land title for the reserve.
  • Your Project Proposal area is less than ten thousand hectares in size.
  • You have, or intend to seek, the support of anyone who has an interest in the land.
  • The land is NOT part of a State driven initiative or development, or of State significance.
  • The State is not funding or providing infrastructure, that is, you are responsible for seeking approvals and funding for infrastructure.

All proposals will be proponent-driven. This means that you (the proponent) will be responsible for initiating, funding and driving the process. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • Selecting of the area for your Project Proposal.
  • Suitability of the area.
  • Assessing and managing any impacts on the natural resources.
  • Arranging access to the land such as a road or easement to get to the area.
  • Consulting with stakeholders and gaining in-principle support.
  • Conducting due diligence associated with your proposal.
  • Analysing and preparing for the administrative processes which are outlined in this website.

The LTPIA process summary diagram outlines the four stages of the pathway process.

Further Information

For further information relating to the WFF program, the LTPIA or the DoL’s role in administering Crown Land, please visit the following pages:

General information

Land Tenure

Native Title

Pastoral Leases

Department of Water

For more guidance about how best to use the this website, please read through the content on the how to use this website page.

This information is for general purposes only and Department of Lands does not guarantee the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability for its use. It does not constitute advice, legal or otherwise. It is the reader’s responsibility to confirm the accuracy of information with the relevant agencies at the time of use.

Page updated 11/07/2016

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