408. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the
Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
I refer to a letter dated 3 May 2018
from the regional mining registrar in Kalgoorlie that is addressed to the
Kalgoorlie Ore Treatment Company Pty Ltd concerning prospecting licence
(1) Can the
minister explain why this company is being asked to complete unnecessary
paperwork to explain whether it had prior knowledge of the former tenement
P25/2071, which had clearly expired prior to the applicant marking out and
applying for the land?
(2) What is
the specific relevance under the Mining Act of requesting information from
applicants who mark out and apply for tenements, given the former tenement had
clearly expired and any person could have marked out and applied for the
tenement should they have wished to do so?
Can the minister state how the applicant may have had prior knowledge that the
tenement P25/2071 was going to expire?
Given that tenements expire virtually every day throughout the state, can the
minister state the time frame and number of days after expiry of any tenement
in which the departmental letter referred to above will not be issued?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member
for the question. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided the
The letter issued by the regional mining
registrar, Kalgoorlie, is a standard letter issued by all mining registrars if
there is any doubt as to whether there has been a breach of section 45(2) of
the Mining Act 1978. The mining registrar is obliged to satisfy himself
that a related entity has not applied for the relinquished prospecting licence.
In this case, prospecting licence 25/2071 expired at midnight on 4 February
2018 and the ground was re-pegged within a few hours of that expiry at 2.28 am
on 5 February 2018 as application for prospecting licence 25/2526 by Kalgoorlie
Ore Treatment Company Pty Ltd.
(2) Refer to the
answer to (1).
Any person can obtain reports from the department's Mineral Titles
Online system on expiry dates for mining tenements.
The mining registrar will not issue the said letter when a prospecting or
exploration licence is marked out or applied for after a three-month period.