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Question Without Notice No. 1286 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 December 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

MINING TENEMENT APPLICATIONS — KALGOORLIE REGISTRY

1286. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

(1) How many tenement applications are awaiting grant at the Kalgoorlie registry?

(2) What is the time required to grant a prospecting licence or exploration licence or mining lease at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Kalgoorlie mining registry?

(3) Why is this length of time necessary for granting a licence or lease?

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) There are 1 065 pending applications at different stages of assessment.

(2) There is a 35-day objection period under the Mining Act 1978 and a four-month notification period under the commonwealth Native Title Act 1993. If the application for a mining tenement includes any reserve land, time for referral to other ministers under sections 23 to 26 of the Mining Act 1978 must be considered. The processing period within the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for mining tenement applications is targeted for a maximum of 65 working days.

(3) This length of time is required to ensure that applications are processed in accordance with the Mining Act 1978 and the future act procedures of the commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 are satisfied prior to grant.