Lobby groups strike new alliance

The Western Australian Chamber of Minerals & Energy and the Minerals Council of Australia have reportedly reached a compromise in their talks that will ensure the state body retains some independence.

The Western Australian Chamber of Minerals & Energy (CME) last week reportedly reached an agreement with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) that would see it work more directly with the national body and the other state lobby groups.

The CME informally agreed to the proposal at a meeting in Melbourne last week, the West Australian reported.

The draft memorandum of understanding is a compromise to an initial proposal to merge the CME and 10 other industry groups under the MCA’s banner.

Under the initial proposal, the industry bodies would align their business plans to a certain extent, such as allocating resources to tackle issues that cross state jurisdictions.

However, the proposal for centralised funding will reportedly not be included in the agreement.

The respective bodies will now need to sign off a formalised deal, expected by before the end of year.

CME president Kim Horne said the talks had been very positive.

A spokesperson for the CME declined to comment further when contacted by MINING DAILY until more details on the agreement were known.

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