WATER — LICENCE
1106. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the
Minister for Water:
Licences for water use in mining and
agriculture often coexist in the same aquifers and river systems throughout Western
(1) What are the
minister's reasons for the introduction of a $6 668 water licence
renewal fee for miners but not at the same time applying the same fee to
farmers often using the same water resource?
(2) Is the minister using a divide-and-conquer
strategy to apply this water tax grab?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Water.
May 2018 state budget introduced fees for the assessment of water licence and permit
applications in the mining sector. The assessment fee to renew an existing 5C
licence for the mining sector ranges from $4 001 to $6 668, depending on risk
assessment level. In most cases, the renewed licence will be in place for 10
years. The government is of the view that the mining sector is in a position to
bear the costs of undertaking the water licence and permit assessments and this
is not a cost that should be borne by the Western Australian taxpayer. The
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is currently undertaking a consultation
process with other sectors to determine whether cost recovery is appropriate in