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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 547 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 June 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 28 June 2018


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

(1) Can the minister explain why the Hawthorn Resources Ltd mining proposal dated 26 November 2015 was given approval, notwithstanding the close proximity of the proposed mine within 100 to 200 metres of Pinjin station homestead and associated infrastructure?

(2) In approving that mining proposal, why did the department not adopt a proactive regulation approach insisting that the mining proposal be amended or written consent be obtained under section 20(5) of the Mining Act?

(3) Can the minister explain the reasons why the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety did not support and approve the incorporation of common reserve 10041 into the Pinjin pastoral lease?

(4) Can the minister explain what specific actions DMIRS has taken to minimise damage to livestock by Hawthorn Resources' heavy earthmoving equipment on miscellaneous licence 31/65, mining lease 31/78 and mining lease 31/79?


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

(1) The Hawthorn Resources Ltd mining proposal was approved as it was assessed as being compliant with the published guidelines and the requirements under the Mining Act 1978.

(2) The former Department of Mines and Petroleum was proactive in notifying Hawthorn Resources Ltd of its requirements under section 20(5) of the Mining Act 1978.

(3) The former Department of Mines and Petroleum did not support this because of its potential impact upon the existing and future mining operations on the land.

(4) DMIRS has undertaken numerous site inspections to monitor Hawthorn Resources Ltd's compliance with the requirements of the Mining Act 1978.