New South Wales may consider allowing uranium exploration and mining following calls from Federal resources minister Martin Ferguson.
Ferguson called on the O’Farrell government to reconsider existing bans on uranium as it limited “knowledge of potential deposits,” according to the SMH.
He also took the opportunity to encourage the Victorian Government to consider uranium exploration.
It reported that NSW minister for resources and energy Chris Hartcher met with Australian Uranium Association (AUA) chief Michael Angwin in June, to discuss the ban.
Following this, Angwin then wrote to Hartcher, asking him “to make any necessary change to permit uranium exploration and mining to take place in NSW”.
A AUA spokesperson stated that the NSW Government is “aware potential resources may exist around the Broken Hill area given the abundant resources just over the South Australian border”, but added that “the matter remains under consideration by the minister.”
Uranium exploration has been banned in NSW under the Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities Act.
Western Australia recently overturned its ban on mining and exploration in the state.
Toro Energy, which owns uranium tenements in WA, have just entered the public exhibition phase of assessment for its Wiluna uranium project.
The miner is the first of WA’s uranium projects to reach this point.
South Australia and the Northern Territory are currently the only areas in Australia where uranium is mined.