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Question Without Notice No. 1050 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

PROSPECTING LICENCES — PROGRAM OF WORK EXTENSION

1050. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the email from Andre Marais from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety dated 1 August 2018 to Mr Cranston Edwards.

(1) Can the minister explain how prospectors or miners can possibly carry out work on mining tenements for the full duration of the life of the tenement, given that the department is adopting a position of granting extensions to programs of work for only six to 12 months, which clearly prevents lawful exploration and mining from being carried out?

(2) Can the minister explain why the department is adopting policies and procedures that create major problems and inhibit resource development in granting extensions to programs of work for only six to 12 months, rather than for the full duration of the tenement's life, so that prospectors and miners can lawfully carry out exploration activities?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

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

(1) The Mining Act 1978 limits the term of a prospecting licence to a period of four years. A program of work approval is for the full duration of a prospecting licence. Mr Cranston Edwards applied for an extension to his program of work approval after it had expired, so an extension could not be granted. Mr Edwards has since been granted a new program of work approved for four years.

(2) Extensions cannot be granted if the request is made after a program of work has expired. The remaining life of a tenement, prospecting licence, and compliance history are considered when determining a term of extension.