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Question Without Notice No. 1070 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 November 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on 1 November 2018

HAWTHORN RESOURCES — PINJIN PASTORAL STATION

1070. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the mining activities of Hawthorn Resources on all its mining tenements on Pinjin station.

(1) Can the minister provide specific dates and times of site visits in the last 14 months and what noncompliance matters or matters requiring attention were identified on each occasion?

(2) Why have the departmental investigations to date not been able to identify the pastoralists' water mains severed by mining operations on mining lease 31/79?

(3) Can the minister explain why the department did not adopt a proactive approach, insisting and requesting in the same manner as other prospectors have been requested that the mining proposal or program of work be amended or that written consents be obtained under section 20(5) of the Mining Act 1978 prior to approving the mining proposal dated 26 November 2015?

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) Inspections were undertaken on 9 November, 14 November and 13 December 2017, and 24 January, 26 June, 12 July, 24 and 25 July and 26 September 2018. A direction to modify was issued to Hawthorn Resources under regulation 120H of the Mining Regulations 1981 after the inspection on 14 November 2017. The direction was issued to address excessive levels of dust originating from the mining operation. An improvement notice was issued under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 during the inspection on 26 September 2018. The notice was issued to address potential and personal hazards associated with a main fuel storage tank.

(2) The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has investigated complaints from the pastoralists relating to mining activities impacting on the water supplies, including water pipes. The department is of the view that the company is in compliance with the tenement conditions.

(3) The department advises that it has used the same approach as for other mining proposals and programs of work in relation to activities that may encroach on land protected under section 20(5) of the Mining Act 1978. Matters raised in section 20(5) are separate to the decision to approve a mining proposal or program of work.