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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 752 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 November 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 1 November 2017

      752. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
      (1) Is the minister aware that Hawthorn Resources is presently conducting exploration on its Trouser Legs project area, centred on the historic Anglo Saxon mine on the Pinjin Pastoral Station?
      (2) Is the minister aware that the Pinjin Pastoral Station historic homestead buildings are presently contained within a water reserve and the incorporation of the water reserve into the pastoral lease is an appropriate measure for the protection of the interests of the owners of Pinjin Pastoral Station?
      (3) Will the minister urgently arrange for a senior government representative to attend the site to ensure that in accordance with section 20(5) of the Mining Act 1978, Hawthorn Resources ceases to work within 100 metres of a yard, stockyard, garden, cultivated field, orchard, vineyard, plantation, airstrip or airfield?
      (4) Will the minister instruct the representative to listen to, and act upon, serious concerns held by the residents of Pinjin pastoral station about the behaviour and actions of Hawthorn Resources personnel?
I thank the member for the question. I have discussed the matter with the minister and the minister has provided the following information.
      (1) The minister is aware of the exploration activities of Hawthorn Resources approved during the course of 2017.
      (2) The minister is aware that the Pinjin pastoral station homestead buildings are presently contained within a water reserve but does not possess sufficient information to make an assessment regarding changes to the pastoral lease.
      (3) This matter is currently before the Mining Warden. However, the minister's chief of staff has agreed to meet with the member next week to discuss this matter in detail.
      (4) The matter is currently before the Mining Warden.