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Specialist team helping those stalled in the Commonwealth Native Title Process
Monday, 16 April 2012
The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Mineral Titles Division is focussed on resolving the progress of outstanding mining lease applications that are in the ‘future act right to negotiate’ process of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 procedure.
DMP Executive Director Dr Ivor Roberts said a special project team was established in March 2012 to resolve around 800 mining lease applications that have stalled in the complex negotiation process of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 proceedings.
Stalled applications go against one of the fundamental principles of the Mining Act 1978 – the encouragement of ground turnover for exploration purposes.
The project team will use all the resources available under the Mining Act 1978 and Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 to resolve long outstanding negotiations.
“The department recognises the issue and has implemented a number of initiatives to stop the practice,” Dr Roberts said
“Steps are being taken to actively progress these applications, with assistance from a team of native title specialist.
“DMP receives on average 4,500 mining tenement applications annually including around 800 applications for mining leases lodged before 1 September 2009.”
A number of procedure and legislative amendments were implemented by the State Government to address the pending mining tenement applications.
The improvement of mining approvals systems is a major strategic priority for the State.