Mines minister overhauls exploration

Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said he would overhaul the unwieldy approvals process in the mining and resources sector if he was elected at the recent State election. He was elected, and overhaul he did.

Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said he would overhaul the unwieldy approvals process in the mining and resources sector if he was elected at the recent State election. He was elected, and overhaul he did.

Moore has launched an industry working group to advise on ways to improve the State’s exploration and development approvals process.

“The working group consists of a number of prominent Western Australians with a broad knowledge of the minerals and petroleum industry and of industry concerns about WA as a place to do business,” Moore said.

Peter Jones, a former Resources Minister in the administration of Sir Charles Court is the chairman of the group. Deputy Chairman is John Bowler, the current member for Kalgoorlie and a former Mines Minister.

The rest of the group is made up of industry professionals including Derek Carew Hopkins, Tim Shanahan, Richard Ellis and Chris Clegg.

The group, which had its first meeting today, will review the current approval processes that all proponents of exploration, mining and petroleum project in WA must undertake before starting operations.

“I have established the group to provide strategic advice about the best way for the State Government to make WA’s approvals processes more efficient and more welcoming for exploration and development activity,” Moore said.

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