Director's foreword

WelcomeDirectors foreword to the last edition of the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Environment eNewsletter for 2016.

In this issue, a new guideline for the onshore petroleum and geothermal industry is highlighted. An updated release of the 2016 Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia was released in November. DMP would like to thank all stakeholders involved in the formation of these documents who provided valuable feedback during the consultation process.

Last month I visited Africa as part of a delegation to deliver a series of workshops that advise on responsible mining resource development within the region. These workshops are coordinated as part of an agreement made in 2014 between the Western Australian Government and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). In collaboration with the Australian Embassies in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Australian High Commissions in Kenya and Nigeria, and COMESA, these workshops are set up to help the countries' capacity to deliver enhanced mineral exploration and mining regimes, and promote ongoing education and training in mineral policy governance.

The workshops allowed us to share Western Australia's (WA) 120 years' experience in developing the mineral resources industry and resulted in some healthy debate among attendees, particularly on the potential for adaptation to the African environment. WA has earnt the international reputation of being one of the most attractive investment locations for mineral and energy resources, so it is understandable that other jurisdictions are keen to learn from us.

Another successful evening to announce the 2016 'Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence' was held in October, the 25th anniversary of the Awards. The annual 'Awards for Excellence' evening was attended by Minister L'Estrange who presented the Golden Gecko Awards and the inaugural 'Community Partnership Resources Sector Award'. I would like to encourage all individuals, small companies and organisations to consider projects that may be eligible in 2017. Check out the story for links to pages which provide the criteria for these awards, along with links to the Golden Gecko Award finalists for 2016.

A final reminder before heading into the new year. From 1 January 2017, all new mining projects must be submitted in accordance with the new 2016 Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia. You will find your link to the Guideline on the 'Mining Proposal reform update' page.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very happy and safe holiday season.

Dr Phil Gorey
Executive Director Environment

Revised 'Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia'

The Revised_Guideline Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia - November 2016 (the Guideline) outlines the requirements for an Environment Plan in accordance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012, the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012 and the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012 (the Regulations).

This Guideline aims to improve transparency around the expectations of the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) for the petroleum and geothermal industry and provide assistance to operators in the development and submission of an Environment Plan (EP).
This Guideline replaces the following documents:

These documents have been incorporated into the new Guideline to provide more comprehensive guidance on EP content and reporting requirements, and also to clarify expectations around approval and compliance processes.

Amendment to Guideline

In November, a minor amendment was made to a released 'September 2016' version of the Guideline. The new 'November 2016' version ensures Section 3.4.2 of the Guideline adequately explains the requirements of Regulation 14(5)(b).

Stakeholder Consultation

On 19 February 2016 the draft Guideline was released for an eight-week public feedback period with submissions closing on 15 April 2016. The report, Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia – Response to Comments, is available on the DMP website. Stakeholder comments and DMP responses have been grouped according to the relevant section of the Guideline. DMP would like to take the opportunity to thank stakeholders for their considered feedback on the draft Guideline and for providing valuable input into the process.

For further information please contact DMP's Environment Division:


2016 Golden Gecko Awards recognises fauna research and low impact exploration

The prestigious 2016 Golden Gecko Awards Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence celebrated its 25th anniversary by awarding two winners at its ceremony in October.

APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting were recognised for a program that monitored the Sandhill Dunnart, an endangered small marsupial. Strike Drilling Pty Ltd were awarded a Golden Gecko for developing a drill rig that significantly reduced environmental impacts.

To receive 2016 Golden Gecko Awards the Golden Gecko award a project must be outstanding in regards to commitment to environmental excellence, demonstrated excellent environmental outcomes, community engagement and innovation, or setting a new industry standard.

APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting's APA Eastern Goldfields Pipeline project was undertaken because part of the high pressure gas transmission pipeline traversed a large section of the previously undisturbed Great Victoria Desert, and consequently, potential habitat for the endangered Sandhill Dunnart. A monitoring program was developed that demonstrated Sandhill Dunnarts were present before, during and after the pipeline was constructed. The project not only contributed to scientific knowledge on the elusive Sandhill Dunnart, but the methodology has been incorporated into draft monitoring guidelines for use by industry and the community.

Strike Drilling 2016 Golden Gecko Awards Pty Ltd's X350 Track Mounted Drill Rig and Support Unit was awarded because it reduces environmental impact by reducing the impact of exploration. The drill rig is mounted on a rubber track carrier which removes the requirement for clearing in advance in the vast majority of Western Australian vegetation communities. Other adaptations on the drill rig reduce the need to prepare sumps in advance and bunded fuel cells reduce the frequency of support vehicles for refuelling.

A Certificate of Merit was also awarded to Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd for their project Going above and beyond to minimise impact to mangroves in Port Hedland.

The Awards were presented by Minister for Mines and Petroleum Sean L'Estrange at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's annual 'Awards for Excellence' evening. Minister L'Estrange also presented the inaugural Community Partnership Resources Sector Award to Karara Mining Limited and the Midwest Economic and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC) for their project Innovation Park.

Details of how to enter the 2017 Golden Gecko Awards will be posted on the Golden Gecko webpage next year.

For any other information please contact Golden Gecko Co-ordinator Jessica Allen.

Phone: (08) 9222 3102

Partnership Guideline available for stakeholder feedback

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is seeking stakeholder feedback on a draft Partnership Guideline developed to support its Abandoned Mines Program.

The draft guideline follows on from the release of the Abandoned Mines Policy in January this year and supports one of the Policy's key principles - to encourage partnerships with government bodies, community groups and businesses.

The guideline aims to provide guidance to stakeholders about the processes used to select and manage abandoned mine project partnerships. Strong partnerships are critical for the rehabilitation of abandoned mine sites and contribute to the agreement of an end-land use, successful rehabilitation and closure of abandoned mines.

Partnership Guideline

Stakeholder engagement remains one of the department's top priorities and we welcome any feedback that will help improve the guideline. Once the consultation period has ended submissions will be reviewed and then published on the DMP's web site with the final guideline.

Stakeholder submissions close on 6 January 2017 so if you would like to provide feedback on the draft guideline, please fill out the DMP survey.

Mining Proposal reform update

The Mining Proposal reform update Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia – April 2016 released earlier this year by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) establishes a risk and outcome-based regulatory framework for environmental assessment and management of mining activities throughout the State.

The new guideline shifts to a 'One Mining Proposal' approach, whereby each mine site has one holistic Mining Proposal that is updated over time as required. Each site is termed an 'environmental group site' for lodgement and reporting purposes.

New Mining Projects

DMP is now accepting and assessing proposals submitted under these new guidelines and from 1 January 2017, all new mining projects must submit a Mining Proposal in accordance with the 2016 guideline. A 'new project' is defined as a project that has no existing mining proposal(s) approved on the tenement(s).

Transition of Existing Mining Projects

For mine sites with existing approved Mining Proposals, DMP is allowing a transition period of six years for tenement holders to re-submit a Mining Proposal in accordance with the 2016 guideline. The resubmission must cover all existing and proposed operations. During the six year transition period, any existing projects that require a Mining Proposal to be submitted due to an expansion or alteration has the option to use the new 2016 guideline or the 2006 guideline.

In circumstances where major changes are proposed, tenement holders are strongly encouraged to submit a Mining Proposal for the whole 'environmental group site' in accordance with the 2016 guidelines. Transitioning to the new Mining Proposal format will streamline a tenement holder's environmental commitments and conditions into one version of a Mining Proposal, thereby streamlining compliance and reporting requirements.

Small Operations

Operators of small projects can continue to use the existing proforma document "Mining Proposal for Small Operations" which is available upon request from a DMP Environmental Officer. DMP is planning to review this proforma in consultation with relevant stakeholders and remains committed to determining the best method of managing Mining Proposal assessment and approvals for 'small operations' that pose a lower risk to the environment.

Mine Closure Plan requirements for Mining Proposals

Tenement holders are reminded that it is a requirement of the Mining Act 1978 that all Mining Proposal submissions must include a Mine Closure Plan that contains the information required by the Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans – May 2015.

The only circumstance in which this is not required is when it has been agreed with DMP. This will generally only apply when the proposal is a minor amendment that will not cause any significant changes to closure risks or outcomes.

The move to the 'One Mining Proposal' approach, using the new 2016 Mining Proposal Guideline and the increased approval flexibility it offers operators, a new/revised Mine Closure Plan will always be required when a proposal is submitted using the 2016 Guideline.

Industry Reference Group

The 'Industry Reference Group for Mining Proposal Reform' was established in 2014. The role of this group was to work closely with DMP to develop the shape and content of the new Guideline for Mining Proposals in Western Australia - April 2016.

The Environment Division called for new members in September 2014 to re-form the Industry Reference Group with the aim of collaborating on the implementation of the guideline, and developing the new internal and external processes and training.

The first meeting of the group with its new members was held on 29 November 2016.
New members include:

Marnie Leybourne

Director Operations, Environment (Chair), DMP

Daniel Endacott

Policy and Project Coordinator, DMP

Norman Galli

AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited

Simon Bennison

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)

Fred Adams

Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

Jarrad Donald

Gold Fields Limited

Angela Bishop

Iluka Resources Limited

Belinda Bastow

Integrate Sustainability Pty Ltd

James Hesford

Mineral Resources Limited

Danielle Griffiths

Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Alistair Conn

Rio Tinto

John Wynne

Roy Hill

Briony Sinclair

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

Mat Brook

Strategen Environmental

Bronwyn Bell

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia Inc. (CMEWA)

More Information

For more information on transition arrangements and other frequently asked questions (FAQ), please refer to the FAQ documents available on the DMP website.

For further information, please contact Daniel Endacott:

Phone: (08) 9222 3204

Programme of Work spatial lodgement update

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) will soon introduce spatial lodgement for Programme of Work (PoW) applications.

Initially planned for release this year, some changes have been made to further improve the spatial lodgement system following a round of targeted external demonstration sessions and internal user testing. As a result, the release will take place in February 2017.

The new spatial lodgement system will run in parallel with the current lodgement process for three months to accommodate industry training sessions. After this time, spatial lodgement will become mandatory for exploration activities, with the exception of Programme of Work prospecting forms which will continue to be accepted in hard copy and online through DMP Submissions.

How it works

PoW spatial lodgement will have the capacity to be used for exploration and prospecting activities through the EARS Online platform. However during log-in, the old form will be replaced by an updated map-based application allowing users to enter proposed activities, either by loading a spatial file or digitising on screen.

The system will conduct automatic checks by intersecting the proposed activities with other data layers of environmental and cultural significance and alert the user of the results.

Training sessions

To help with the introduction of the new systems, industry training sessions will be held in Perth and Kalgoorlie.

PoW Spatial Lodgement Training Dates - 2017





Tuesday 21 February



Tuesday 14 March

Tuesday 21 March


Tuesday 4 April

Tuesday 11 April

Multiple sessions will run on these days. If you would like to attend the training please email your preferred date and the names of attendees from your organisation to

Training sessions will also be held in May and June with the dates for these to be confirmed in the next edition of the Environment e-Newsletter.

Mining Rehabilitation Fund update

MRF Yearly Report 2016

TheMining Rehabilitation Fund update 2016 Yearly Report on the operation of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) is now available.

Compliance with reporting requirements improved to nearly 99 per cent in 2016 and the total contributions received over the financial year brings the principal total of the fund to approximately $60 million with $1.95 million in interest.

2015-16 saw the first rehabilitation works delivered through the MRF, with the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) ensuring all safety and environmental risks were addressed at the 'Ellendale' Diamond Mine. Works also commenced on the rehabilitation of two historically abandoned pilot sites, the 'Black Diamond' Pit Lake in Collie and the 'Pro-Force' Plant Site in Coolgardie. Also for the first time, DMP coordinated the auctioning of abandoned mine infrastructure, first at Pro-Force in November 2015 and then at Ellendale in June 2016.

The Yearly Report combines information from various sources to provide detail on the following topics:

Vist the MRF webpage to view the recently published MRF Yearly Report 2016.

2016 Data Release now available

There are approximately 18,500 mining tenements across the State that are subject to the Mining Act 1978 and, as a requirement of the MRF, all tenement holders are required to provide DMP with accurate information of the types and areas of ground disturbance for each tenement. This data is used to calculate the annual MRF levy applicable to each tenement.

MRF data is published annually on DMP's website, with the released data showing the area and category of disturbance that was reported by tenement holders for each tenement. The data is released as a Microsoft Excel 2010 workbook, which gives users the ability to filter, sort and search the data. The workbook is accompanied this year by a document containing a series of graphs that depict the break-down of the data by tenement-type and disturbance, which we hope will add further value to the released data.

Visit the MRF webpage to view the recently published MRF 2016 Data Release and Summary Data.

MRF webpage

Please make regular visits to the MRF webpage on the DMP website. You will find information such as a step-by-step guide for registering your verification codes. There is also convenient links to the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Act 2012 and the Mining Rehabilitation Fund Regulations 2013.

Abandoned Mines Program update

As a part of the Abandoned Mines Program, rehabilitation efforts and remedial actions are continuing at the 'Ellendale' Diamond Mine and the pilot sites at 'Black Diamond' Pit Lake and the 'Pro-Force' Plant Site.

Ellendale Diamond Mine

One of the largest mine features at Ellendale is the 2.5 square kilometre tailings storage facility (TSF) adjacent to the main Ellendale plant and mine. A recent assessment of the outer walls of the TSF recommended that remediation works be undertaken to manage areas where substantial erosion was occurring. This remediation work involves strengthening the pindan walls with rock from nearby stockpiles. Other remediation works proposed include installing baffles to reduce the size of water catchment areas across the top of the TSF to avoid large pools of water forming.

Abandoned Mines Program update

A 'request for quote' to undertake this remediation work was publically advertised in October 2016 and a number of applications were received. It is anticipated that this work will be undertaken prior to the 2016/2017 wet season commencing.

Given Ellendale's remote location, DMP is working closely with key stakeholders to ensure access to the site is properly managed and monitored. In addition to signage and padlocked access points, DMP has installed secured motion cameras at various locations across the Ellendale mine site. When movement is detected, these cameras are able to send real time photos to the Abandoned Mines Team.

Abandoned Mines Program update

More information regarding Ellendale can be found via a link on the Abandoned Mines webpage.

Black Diamond Pit Lake

Black Diamond was well known for its dangerous cliffs on the southern side of the pit in the Shire of Collie road reserve. A number of serious injuries have occurred in the past as a result of cliff jumping at the site. The site has previously attracted significant media attention and community concern in relation to the dangerous pit wall and the need for it to be addressed.

Site works at Black Diamond Pit Lake were completed in October 2016. The site works included removing a steep eight metre high pit wall located at the southern side of the pit, eliminating one of the sites most significant safety risks.

This project is providing significant safety benefits to the local community that would not have been achieved without the funds generated by the Mining Rehabilitation Fund.

DMP has verified that works on site have been completed in accordance with the engineering plan which was approved by the landowners, the Shire of Collie and the Department of Lands. The southern pit wall has been altered from its previous 90 degree slope ranging now from 22 to 26 degrees. Management of heavily eroded areas on the western and northern ends of the pit lake has also been completed.

Abandoned Mines Program update

Abandoned Mines Program update

On 1 November the Black Diamond Working Group toured the site to view the completion of works. Consultation with the community has indicated that they are happy with the works completed so far and would like to see the site become a managed recreation area in the future. Removing the risk associated with the southern pit wall as well as management of erosion has resulted in a safer and more stable site, which is a strong foundation for the development of a recreation area.

DMP has advised the Working Group that it will continue to assist them to reach an agreement on post mining land use and obtain funding through available grants.

More information regarding Black Diamond can be found via a link on the Abandoned Mines webpage.

Pro-Force Plant Site

Following consultation with a range of stakeholders throughout 2016, including a Community Workshop held in August, DMP has released two Expressions of Interest (EOI) for works at Pro-Force.

The release of the EOIs was to give contractors an opportunity to register interest in two bodies of works. The first is to remove scrap material and the second is to remove some large tyres from the site.

The next stage of the project is to continue consultation with key stakeholders to identify whether additional works may be required as part of the project.

DMP will continue to work with tenement holders, and other key stakeholders to ensure that rehabilitation work undertaken at the site does not affect mining and exploration plans for the area.

More information regarding Pro-Force can be found via a link on the Abandoned Mines webpage.

Public consultation

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is committed to stakeholder engagement. Effective and ongoing stakeholder engagement enables more informed policies, projects and services, including a greater understanding and management of issues and potential risks. For stakeholders, the benefits of engagement include the opportunity to have their issues heard and contribute to the decision-making process.

Open for Public Consultation

Documents open for public consultation are located on DMPs Consultation webpage.


Date Closing


Draft Partnership Guideline

Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is seeking stakeholder feedback on a draft 'Partnership Guideline' developed to support its Abandoned Mines Program.

The draft guideline follows the release of the Abandoned Mines Policy in January this year and supports one of the Policy's key principles - to encourage partnerships with government bodies, community groups and businesses. The guideline aims to provide guidance to stakeholders about the processes used to select and manage abandoned mine project partnerships.

6 January 2017

To provide feedback on the draft Partnership Guideline, please fill out the DMP survey.

For further information please contact the Abandoned Mines Team on:

Phone: (08) 9222 3162


Closed for Public Consultation

Public consultation has recently closed for these items. These items along with older items can be found on the Consultation webpage and will remain accessible for a minuimum period of 12 months.



Draft Guidance – Materials Characterisation Baseline Data Requirements for Mining Proposals

29 April 2016

Draft Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia

15 April 2016

Draft Guideline for the Development of an Onshore Oil Spill Contingency Plan

4 March 2016

Draft Guideline Groundwater Monitoring in the Onshore Petroleum and Geothermal Industry

4 March 2016

Procedure for Declining and Refusing Environmental Applications - draft for public consultation

31 January 2016

Mining proposals approved by regional district

1 July to 30 September 2016

Regional District Operator Tenements Approval Date
Ashburton Pastoral Management Pty Ltd L 08/126 05/09/2016
Ashburton, West Pilbara Iron Ore Holdings LIMITED L 08/101, L 08/120, L 08/139, L 08/140, L 08/141, L 08/142, L 47/679, L 47/680, L 47/681, M 47/1464-I 09/09/2016
Broad Arrow Paddington Gold Pty Limited M 24/170, M 24/194, M 24/29 06/07/2016
Paddington Gold Pty Limited M 24/155, M 24/166, M 24/302, M 24/304 30/08/2016
Paddington Gold Pty Limited M 24/234, M 24/265, M 24/302 21/09/2016
Patrick Crowley M 24/468 28/09/2016
Bulong Silver Lake Resources Ltd M 25/71 15/07/2016
Silver Lake Resources Ltd L 25/37, L 25/49, M 25/350 30/08/2016
Silver Lake Resources Ltd M 25/125 01/09/2016
Coolgardie Davenne Holdings Pty Ltd M 15/879 30/08/2016
Evolution Mining LIMITED M 15/830 20/07/2016
Evolution Mining LIMITED M 15/1287, M 15/830 22/07/2016
GBF Mining and Industrial Services Pty Ltd M 15/497, M 15/498 21/09/2016
Lance Fraser & Graeme Tarabini M 15/1255 14/07/2016
Owen James Dalglish M 15/1816 15/07/2016
St Ives Gold Mining Company Pty Limited M 15/1578, M 15/1581 08/08/2016
Cue Lake Austin Mining Pty Ltd M 20/54 22/07/2016
Lake Austin Mining Pty Ltd E 20/616, M 20/108, M 20/111, M 20/176, M 20/195, M 20/247, M 20/54, M 20/55 05/08/2016
East Coolgardie Intermin Resources Limited L 26/261, M 26/499, M 26/621 18/07/2016
Gascoyne Austwide Mining Title Management Pty Ltd M 09/31 06/07/2016
Austwide Mining Title Management Pty Ltd L 09/64 21/07/2016
Kanowna Northern Star Resources Limited M 27/103, M 27/127, M 27/159, M 27/164, M 27/18 06/07/2016
Kimberley Halls Creek Mining Pty Ltd L 80/70, L 80/71, M 80/343, M 80/355, M 80/359, M 80/362, M 80/503 07/09/2016
Kurnalpi Sirius Resources NL M 28/376 21/09/2016
Lawlers Agnew Gold Mining Company Pty Limited M 36/27, M 36/32, M 36/53 08/07/2016
Agnew Gold Mining Company Pty Limited M 36/53 21/09/2016
Leslie Lowe M 36/300 25/08/2016
Marble Bar Atlas Iron Limited M 45/1179-I 05/07/2016
Atlas Iron Limited L 45/371, L 45/372, L 45/394 05/09/2016
Boral Resources (WA) Limited L 45/232, L 45/233, M 45/295, M 45/303, M 45/402 07/09/2016
Fortescue Metals Group Limited M 45/1226-I 27/07/2016
Meekatharra Big Bell Gold Operations Pty Ltd M 51/211, M 51/257, M 51/491 07/09/2016
Mt Magnet Mt Magnet Gold Pty Limited M 58/222 19/09/2016
Mt Malcolm Gold Fields Australasia Pty Ltd M 37/155 12/07/2016
Independence Jaguar Limited M 37/1132, M 37/1153 08/08/2016
Saracen Metals Pty Ltd L 37/221, M 37/46 11/07/2016
Saracen Metals Pty Ltd M 37/201, M 37/90 14/07/2016
Mt Margaret Regis Resources Limited L 38/238, M 38/1258, M 38/407, M 38/802 07/07/2016
Regis Resources Limited M 38/1269, M 38/1270 25/08/2016
Niagara Genesis Minerals Limited M 40/166 22/07/2016
Graham Chittleborough M 40/336 11/07/2016
Roger Campbell M 40/337 12/07/2016
Nullagine 360 Environmental Pty Ltd M 46/11 08/08/2016
Millennium Minerals Limited M 46/265, M 46/436, M 46/444 27/07/2016
Nullagine, West Pilbara Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd L 47/346, L 47/347, L 47/642, L 47/735, M 46/518-I, M 46/519-I 14/07/2016
Peak Hill IMI Fabi (Australia) Pty Limited M 52/106, M 52/58 22/09/2016
South West Cristal Mining Australia Limited L 70/159, M 70/785 14/07/2016
Westdeen Holdings Pty Ltd L 70/57, M 70/307 01/09/2016
West Kimberley Gundara Enterprises Pty Ltd M 04/461 07/09/2016
Yurmulun Aboriginal Corporation M 04/463 30/08/2016
West Pilbara Bc Iron Limited M 47/1439-I 29/07/2016
Bc Iron Limited M 47/1439-I 08/08/2016
Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd L 47/644, L 47/703, M 47/3 22/08/2016
Rio Tinto Limited G 47/1258 11/08/2016
Rio Tinto Limited G 47/1242, G 47/1243 02/09/2016
White Keith Bryan M 47/1485-G 10/08/2016
Wiluna Northern Star Resources Limited G 53/20 30/08/2016
Yalgoo Minjar Gold Pty Limited E 59/1330-I, M 59/406-I 07/07/2016
Minjar Gold Pty Limited M 59/420-I, M 59/497-I 25/08/2016
MMG Golden Grove Pty Limited M 59/3, M 59/90 27/07/2016
MMG Golden Grove Pty Limited M 59/3, M 59/90 07/09/2016
Yilgarn Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Limited M 77/606-I, M 77/607-I, M 77/990-I 14/07/2016
Hanking Gold Mining Pty Ltd M 77/721 28/07/2016
Hanking Gold Mining Pty Ltd M 77/1275, M 77/193, M 77/224, M 77/352, M 77/631, M 77/969 03/08/2016
Polaris Metals Pty Limited M 77/1270-I 15/07/2016
Western Areas Limited M 77/583 15/07/2016

Approvals Performance Report

July – September 2016

Approvals performance report Third Quarter 2016

Contact numbers for the Environment Division

Please keep these contact details handy for the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP)s Environment Division.

Minerals assessment or compliance enquiries
The map linked here provides you with the contact details of the DMP Environmental Officers responsible for your inspectorate/mineral field area.

Inspectorate map and responsible Environmental Officers

Petroleum environment operations
General enquiries, notification of commencement or completion of a petroleum activity and notification of reportable incident environmental incident.


EARS / EARS 2 online system enquiries
General application and compliance reporting enquiries

Email :
Phone : (08) 9222 3535

Mining Rehabilitation Fund enquiries
MRF enquiries

Email :
Phone : (08) 9222 3162

Environmental Reports, Notifications and Reporting of Incidents

- Petroleum

Petroleum Environmental Reports, Notifications and Reporting of Incidents

- Minerals

An Environmental and Reportable Incident/ Non-compliance Reporting Form (within 3 days) must be submitted to Please attach reporting form and any relevant photos, maps or supporting documents and use the following naming convention in the email. Subject line: Region, Project Code/name; tenure type and number

- For all other incidents

Minerals, Petroleum and Dangerous Goods Incidents and Accidents