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Question Without Notice No. 408 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 May 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 17 May 2018

PROSPECTING LICENCE APPLICATIONS

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 application 25/2526.

(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?

(3) Can the minister state how the applicant may have had prior knowledge that the tenement P25/2071 was going to expire?

(4) 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 following answer.

(1) 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).

(3) Any person can obtain reports from the department's Mineral Titles Online system on expiry dates for mining tenements.

(4) 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.