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Question Without Notice No. 945 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 October 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

HAWTHORN RESOURCES — PINJIN PASTORAL STATION

945. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the mining activities of Hawthorn Resources on all its mining tenements on Pinjin station.

(1) Given that the minister has in part stated that the purpose of condition 9 on mining lease 31/79 is to ''ensure any water main present is not adversely affected by mining operations'', can the minister explain why the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will not take urgent forfeiture action and impose a large penalty on Hawthorn Resources, which has totally destroyed many freshwater mains, some of which existed well before the mining lease was granted in 1988, completely cutting off water essential for human life and survival, and also creating enormous animal welfare problems because of the lack of water for stock reliant upon that fresh water?

(2) Can the minister explain why Hawthorn Resources has been allowed and tolerated by DMIRS for well over 10 months to breach strict tenement conditions, without having forfeiture action commenced and a large penalty imposed, despite being in receipt of photographic evidence from Tisala Pty Ltd showing long-term noncompliance with the removal of rubbish and sample bags, and the capping of drill holes, despite directives from DMIRS to rectify these matters?

(3) Can the minister explain why DMIRS has not taken or commenced forfeiture action and imposed a large penalty, despite being in receipt of photographic evidence from Tisala Pty Ltd showing where natural waterways have been completely blocked, affecting the natural water flow to ultimately flow into freshwater dams?

The PRESIDENT: Minister, before you answer, I am just going to say that that was a very long question. I know that I have raised in the past that people are tending towards asking a very long series of questions. It might be that if the member is seeking that type of information, he might want to think about putting it on notice, or he might seek a briefing from the relevant minister.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

Thank you, Madam President, and the answer will be nice and short.

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

(1) Departmental investigations to date have not established that condition 9 has been breached.

(2)–(3) I am advised that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has investigated this matter and has not established major noncompliance that would warrant forfeiture action with respect to the relevant tenement conditions.