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Question Without Notice No. 1132 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

MINING TENEMENTS — KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK

1132. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to exploration licence 47/17 and exploration licence 47/15 held by Itochu Minerals and Energy of Australia Pty Ltd, Mitsui Iron Ore Corporation Pty Ltd and BHP Billiton Minerals Pty Ltd within the Karijini National Park, crown reserve 30082.

(1) Is it correct that those two tenements previously received a five-year extension and they are now due to expire on 3 October 2019?

(2) Given that those tenements were taken out on 4 October 1982 and are contained within the Karijini National Park, will the minister now cancel the tenements and not allow for a further extension application?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

(4) If yes to (2), will the minister ensure that no other applicant can seek to obtain a licence to explore in those areas?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

(1) No. Those two tenements were granted with a five-year term on 4 October 1982. They have received a further one-year extension every year since 1987 and both are now due for expiry on 3 October 2019.

(2) No.

(3) The holder has a legislative right to apply for extensions of term and those applications, if they are lodged, will be assessed in accordance with the Mining Act 1978 and determined by due process.

(4) Not applicable.