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Western Australia resolves mining imbroglio threatening licences

12th June 2024

By: Bloomberg


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Western Australia’s government has approved draft legislation that will ensure the security of mining licenses and permits in the state, a major producer of iron-ore.

The legislation, to be passed retrospectively, will resolve a High Court of Australia ruling in 2017 that theoretically almost annulled nearly all the mining permits in Western Australia because companies may not have submitted all the relevant plans at the time of application.

The judgment prompted companies, including major miners, to resubmit applications for their mining tenements, some of which contained long-established projects.

The state government “will address procedural matters in the Mining Act 1978 to prevent future scenarios like those arising from the High Court’s decision,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

The legal case evolved from a dispute involving billionaire Andrew Forrest, head of Fortescue, whose family estate took a small company called Onslow Resources to court to prevent it from sand mining on his Minderoo Pastoral Station.

Lawyers for Forrest argued that Onslow Resources’ mining permit was not valid, because the company had failed to abide by the Mining Act off 1978 by not submitting a mineralisation report or mining operations statement at the time of application. Forrest won the case, which left many companies scrambling to resubmit mining plans.

Edited by Bloomberg



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