The Australian Greens say the plan to award a 50 year lease to Chinese corporation Shanghai Zhongfu is a disappointing result for the nation and WA.
"This development was promoted as one which would expand opportunities for Australian farmers and food production," Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"Large scale sugar cane farming for fuel production, involving widespread clearing, falls well short of this mark.
"The notion keeps being put that we need to clear large areas of the north for food production, when in reality this is about corporations growing a single crop that doesn't address food security at all.
"None of the benefits of this project for WA or Australia look like materialising in the near future, and yet the Premier is already talking about quadrupling the size of the scheme.
"There is a significant need for us to be investing in models of sustainable agriculture that address our food security issues," Senator Siewert concluded.