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27 June 2018
Hon Robin Scott
Hon W.J. Johnston
HAWTHORN RESOURCES — PINJIN PASTORAL STATION
Hon ROBIN SCOTT
to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
My question without notice, of which some notice has been given, is to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
(1) Can the minister explain why the Hawthorn Resources mining proposal dated October 2015 was given approval, given its close proximity—within 100 to 200 metres—to Pinjin station homestead and associated infrastructure, without the department insisting that the mining proposal be amended or written consent be obtained under section 20(5) of the Mining Act?
(2) Can the minister explain why the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has given approval for blasting activities in the Hawthorn Resources mining proposal dated April 2018, given that the department had clearly known that substantial occupied buildings exist within 200 metres of the proposed large-scale blasting activities?
(3) Can the minister state the name and officer's position within DMIRS who approved the mining proposal dated 2015 and the project management plan for blasting activities?
: I know that the member asked the question of the parliamentary secretary. I think that was an error; I think he meant the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
Hon Robin Scott
: The minister for mines—that is what I said.
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN
Yes, but there is no parliamentary secretary representing the minister. I think the member has asked me quite a number of questions in this capacity before.
The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided the following information.
(1) I have been advised that no mining proposal dated October 2015 has been approved.
(2) I have been advised by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety that it was satisfied that the proposed blasting activities could be undertaken in accordance with required safety standards, and to provide adequate protection of the community, employees and the environment.
(3) The then executive director, environment, of the former Department of Mines and Petroleum approved a mining proposal dated 26 November 2015. The then State Mining Engineer approved a project management plan on 30 May 2016.
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