The introduction of any cost-recovery fees for processing mining, exploration and prospecting applications will be deferred to complement the passage of major reform legislation, set to benefit the industry through simpler, more streamlined approvals.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said he had listened to constructive industry input. The Minister paid special tribute to Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs, Kalgoorlie MLA Wendy Duncan and Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Mark Lewis for their advocacy.
“Thanks to their work, other funding options have come forward and are now under consideration by my department,” Mr Marmion said.
“I am confident this approach will help reduce confusion and concern.”