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Question Without Notice No. 1472 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

MINES AND PETROLEUM — EXPLORATION LICENCE E80/4934

1472. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to exploration licence E80/4934 and breaches of the terms and conditions relating to that lease.

(1) When will the department reach a final outcome on the breaches?

(2) Is the minister aware that delays by the department have put the project in jeopardy and may result in the loss of a rare opportunity for the people of Wyndham and surrounding towns?

(3) Will the minister consider introducing a tighter time frame for the department to finalise the handling of such issues?

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) The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is investigating the matter and will determine whether it gets referred to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum for a decision in due course.

(2) No. As the project occurs on an exploration licence, mining operations cannot yet be undertaken.

(3) No. It is important for tenement holders to comply with the terms and conditions of their licence or lease. The department undertakes investigations in accordance with an established and documented process developed to ensure procedural fairness.