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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 989 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

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

      989. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
I refer to Pinjin station and the answers provided to question without notice 903 asked on 30 November 2017.
      (1) Can the minister quote the full text and table a copy of the specific information that has been requested by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety from the company Hawthorn Resources Limited on protecting the rights of the pastoralist from breaches of regulation 98 of the Mining Regulations 1981 in blocking roads and access tracks?
      (2) Can the minister advise how many days DMIRS is prepared to allow for Hawthorn Resources to achieve compliance with tenement condition 28 on mining lease 31/79, 24 on mining lease 31/78 and 28 on miscellaneous licence 65?
      (3) Can the minister explain why a stop-work order has not been placed on Hawthorn Resources to protect the residents of occupied buildings from significant levels of dust still being generated by Hawthorn Resources in contravention of a DMIRS directive to achieve compliance by 25 November 2017?
I thank the member for the question. The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
      (1) An excerpt from correspondence sent from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on 29 November 2017 to tenement holders of M31/17 and M31/79 relating to blocking of tracks states —
          A number of tracks have been cut off by the construction of the haul road on Mining Leases 31/17 and 31/79 � These tracks are used for access along pastoral fence lines and to access pastoral watering points. Please ensure that access is not impeded.
(2) A response is required by 8 December 2017 for M31/78 and M31/79.
      (3) I am advised that DMIRS is meeting with Hawthorn Resources Limited representatives on Friday, 8 December 2017, when verification on dust mitigation measures implemented will be reviewed. Should the department not be satisfied with the actions taken by the tenement holder, alternative compliance actions will be considered.