Sandalwood harvesting rights for indigenous traditional land owners

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Sandalwood is a sacred tree for aboriginal people of Western Australia. The WA state government have been mining this species of tree for the benefit of the government without any real management plan for 100 years. The departments DBCA aka DPAW aka CALM (they change their name every few years) have total control of harvesting sandalwood in WA. Most of the wood now sits in untouched desert areas in WA, on native title. The state harvests 90% of an annual quota of over 2000 tonne every year, while only allowing 10% to be harvested by private and aboriginal people.

there are great opportunities for aboriginal people to have employment and income for their comunities by a simple restructure of the harvest percentage. By reducing the harvest percentage to 75% to government and 25% to private would result in millions of dollars of income to struggling aboriginal communities in remote WA



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