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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 851 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2019 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 August 2019

ARGYLE DIAMOND MINE

851. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

I refer to the article ''Diamond Mines Aren't Forever'' on page 25 of the 13 July 2019 edition of The Weekend Australian.

(1) Was or is a rehabilitation bond held for the Argyle diamond mine?

(2) If yes to (1), what was the total bond held?

(3) If yes to (1), was the bond repatriated as part of the mining rehabilitation fund scheme?

(4) Given that state government regulators are working closely with the proponent on site rehabilitation, what is the estimated cost of rehabilitation of the pit and surrounding area?

(5) Is full site rehabilitation of both the mine pit and surrounds required if the site were to be made into a tourist resort?

(6) Is full site rehabilitation of both the mine pit and surrounds required before the site is used for further mining activities?

(7) Has the government called for expressions of interest from other mining companies in relation to the Argyle facilities?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has provided the following advice.

(1) No.

(2)–(3) Not applicable.

(4) Not available.

(5)–(6) The company is working on a mine closure plan for the area, which will have various land uses.

(7) No. The facilities continue to be the responsibility of and remain in the ownership of Argyle Diamonds, a Rio Tinto company.