The Brumby Labor Government will recommend former Victorian Crown Counsel John Butler be appointed as Victoria’s new Mining Warden.
The recommendation came as the Government announced the Office of the Mining Warden would continue overseeing the dispute resolution process for the mining industry.
Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor said the Government would recommended Mr Butler become the Mining Warden immediately, following recent departure of the former Mining Warden.
“The Mining Warden is a statutory appointment by the Governor in Council and I will recommend to the Governor that Mr Butler be appointed as soon as possible,” Mr Batchelor said.
“If the appointment is approved, Mr Butler will bring a wealth of administrative law expertise to the role of Mining Warden, which oversees the resolution of disputes between mining licencees and other parties.”
Last year, the government announced a review of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act in a bid to cut red tape for industry.
This process included a review of the Office of Mining Warden by the State Services Authority.
“We understand that it’s important Victoria’s mining industry and landholders have a mechanism to resolve disputes and this will continue to be delivered by the new Mining Warden,” Mr Batchelor said.
“The Government is also committed to retaining a dispute resolution process for the mining industry.”
The Minerals Council of Australia’s executive director, Victorian division, Chris Fraser welcomed the Government’s announcement.
“It is reassuring that the Victorian Government has recognised the need to maintain the Office of the Mining Warden as the state transitions to a more effective disputes resolution process for the mining industry,” Mr Fraser said.