​WA open mining proposal reform to public

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has opened its mining proposal reform discussion to the public.

The move is part of the Department’s wider Reforming Environmental Regulation program, which the DMP says aims to “ensure environmental regulation of mining is focused on identifying and managing environmental risks to achieve environmental outcomes”.

According to the DMP’s acting executive director environment Steve Tantala, stakeholder consultation is major part of the implementation of mining proposal reform.

“In the first phase of consultation, we’re holding an industry briefing which coincides with the discussion paper comment period,” Tantala said.

“The discussion paper will provide stakeholders with a preliminary understanding of DMP’s proposed approach for mining proposal reform in advance of the upcoming industry briefing session.

“It will also provide interested stakeholders who are unable to attend the briefing session with an opportunity to make submissions on the proposed reform.”

This comes days after the DMP returned $6 million in performance bonds on dead tenements.

Dead tenements are those on which the former holder has exploration or mining rights over the land, either due to the time period expiring or the tenement has been surrendered or forfeited.

WA DMP director general Richard Sellers said that bonds on dead tenements are able to be retired once all land disturbance from mining has been rehabilitated.

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