Gemfields mining permits renewed
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.