Department seeks input on explosives facility fee change
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.