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Approval backlog slashed in resources sector

Posted On August 2, 2013

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

  • Mineral title applications backlog cut by more than 75%
  • $5.5million State Government commitment to improve process

The State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to streamlining approval processes, slashing Western Australia’s mineral title applications backlog to its lowest level in almost two decades. 

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government had committed $5.5million during the past six and a half years to assist the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) to address stalled mining and exploration applications.

The total number of applications waiting for approvals now sits at about 5,000, almost a 75 per cent decrease from the February 2007 figure of nearly 19,000.

“We’ve granted applications over nearly 17,000 square kilometres of land in previously stalled mining and exploration applications during the past year - that’s just over half the size of Belgium,” Mr Marmion said.

“This includes some significant and highly prospective areas across the State.”

The outcome was helped by a specialist DMP taskforce that has worked throughout the past year to reduce applications from 6,400 to 5,050.

“Through the taskforce’s proactive engagement in the native title negotiations, my department was able to help reduce the backlog of applications, and aims to reduce WA’s stalled applications to 4,000 by June 2014,” the Minister said.

“We want to prevent mining companies from so-called ‘application parking’ or ‘land banking’ - where access to land for mineral exploration is purposely stalled in the Native Title Act proceedings, to maintain priority over areas and prevent other companies from developing it.

“This is part of a bigger picture of streamlining government operations and improving approvals processes.”

Source: ProjectLink.com.au

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