Depart­ment seeks in­put on ex­plo­sives fa­cil­ity fee change

RE­SOURCES WATCH

Kalgoorlie Miner - - MINE TALK - Philip Hine

Ear­lier in the year, the Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum an­nounced it was look­ing to re­form the struc­ture of fees for State Ex­plo­sives Fa­cil­i­ties.

The depart­ment ad­min­is­ters five SEFs, one of which is in Kal­go­or­lie.

The ul­ti­mate aim of th­ese re­forms is to ra­tio­nalise and sim­plify the fee struc­ture to en­sure an eq­ui­table sys­tem for all users.

Un­der the cur­rent sys­tem, the rate charged per unit area is dif­fer­ent de­pend­ing on the stor­age ac­tiv­ity.

This means users can be pay­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more to oc­cupy the same amount of space as another user.

It also means that some users are be­ing charged fees un­re­lated to the com­mer­cial value of the land.

Un­der the pro­posed changes, this would be made much more eq­ui­table and fees would re­flect the rel­a­tive com­mer­cial value of the land at each re­serve.

The fee re­forms will also en­sure rev­enues match the costs of pro­vid­ing SEFs and en­able ad­di­tional funds to be quar­an­tined for ma­jor cap­i­tal works and main­te­nance.

For ex­am­ple, in Kal­go­or­lie the fee re­forms would help fund any fu­ture ex­pan­sion of the fa­cil­ity, im­prove the road net­work or fund ma­jor re­pairs to se­cu­rity sys­tems.

This will en­sure the fa­cil­ity is able to grow to meet fu­ture de­mands in the Gold­fields.

As with any re­forms, the depart­ment has com­mit­ted to con­sult­ing di­rectly with stake­hold­ers.

We have writ­ten to all SEF users across Western Aus­tralia out­lin­ing the re­forms we are propos­ing, giv­ing users an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back.

We also pro­vided each user with a sum­mary and maps out­lin­ing the ar­eas that they cur­rently oc­cupy at the State’s SEFs, in­clud­ing an out­line of the pro­jected im­pact the pro­posed changes would have on their cur­rent lease.

I will also be trav­el­ling to Baldi- vis and Kal­go­or­lie to meet di­rectly with SEF users to dis­cuss the pro­posed re­forms.

This con­sul­ta­tion is aimed at en­sur­ing SEF users are kept in­formed of the process and have in­put into the process be­fore the fi­nal ap­proval.

The ul­ti­mate aim is to en­sure all users of SEFs are treated eq­ui­tably and fairly, whilst en­sur­ing the costs of run­ning and main­tain­ing SEFs are cov­ered. It also pro­vides the nec­es­sary fund­ing to cover ma­jor cap­i­tal works for fu­ture ex­pan­sion of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties.

Philip Hine is the Depart­ment of Mines and Pe­tro­leum’s Prin­ci­pal Pol­icy Ad­vi­sor for Dan­ger­ous Goods.

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