Tenement data flowing freely

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Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Fairness and equity for miners and explorers. 

A successful update to the State Government's online tenement system has addressed concerns about access to surrendered tenements.

The upgrade ensures information is available to all parties, at the same time.

Department of Mines and Petroleum Mineral Titles Executive Director Ivor Roberts said the changes ensure information about tenement availability is free and fair.

“Detailed and cost-free tenement information from the department's systems is available for download the following day,” Dr Roberts said.

“The system changes were rolled out earlier this year and an RSS subscription service is now also up and running.

“This gives subscribers another avenue to receive notification about surrendered tenements in Western Australia.”

The department will also introduce a training program for users of the upgraded system, as a part of the regular online training courses available to the public.

In announcing the changes, Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said that a number of prospectors had expressed concern.

“It was suggested that some large companies were using special software to 'crunch' the department’s online systems, which in some cases had caused the system to crash," Mr Marmion said.

"I raised these concerns with the department which moved quickly to address the issue, in consultation with industry.”

Mr Marmion said the new system alleviates the need for large companies to trawl through the department's online systems for compliance purposes.

"It will help companies audit and manage their tenements for compliance as well as determine when ground is available,” Mr Marmion said.

"This provides a level playing field for anyone who wants to pick up surrendered tenements."