Gem­fields min­ing per­mits re­newed

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

TO­DAY marks the fi­nal day of sign­ing of the S31 Deed and An­cil­lary Agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated by the Queens­land Sap­phire Min­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for the Cen­tral Queens­land Gem­fields Min­ers for the grant and re­newal of min­ing per­mits on the Cen­tral Queens­land Gem­fields.

This is the cul­mi­na­tion of more than three and a half years of ne­go­ti­a­tions between the QSMA and the Western Kan­golulu Peo­ple, with the guid­ance of the Na­tional Na­tive Title Tri­bunal.

At the start of the process, there were at least 1800 min­ing per­mits that needed to con­tact the NNTT for re­newal.

Through­out the past three and a half years of the re­newal process, sole mine op­er­a­tors were re­stricted within the op­er­a­tion of their mines.

How­ever, na­tive title co-or­di­na­tor Greg Charl­ton said the per­mit re­newal would give sole op­er­a­tors the con­fi­dence to grow and ex­pand.

“It was a long and slow process but it is now done,” he said.

“This is go­ing to make sole mine own­ers more con­fi­dent mov­ing for­ward.”

This is the first ‘right to ne­go­ti­ate’ agree­ment to be ne­go­ti­ated on such a large scale.

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