Mining not dead in WA

The West Australian government received more mining applications in the December quarter of 2014 than at any time since 2011.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion welcomed the increase, which accompanied a lift in applications for exploration and prospecting.

“It’s a positive sign that 1,891 Programme of Work applications were received by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) in the second half of 2014, compared with 1,868 in the same period in 2013, despite an overall declining trend in applications since 2012,” Marmion said.

“The 82 mining proposals lodged last quarter are well up on the low of 54 a year earlier.”

The increases come as a new approvals performance report shows that during the final quarter of 2014, the DMP finalised more than 94 per cent of mining, petroleum, environment and safety applications within its target timelines.

Of the 882 mineral tenure applications received, 97 per cent were finalised within the 65 working day target.

“These results are extremely pleasing given the department’s target is to achieve greater than 80 per cent of applications finalised within target timelines,” Marmion said.

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