APLA’s 110-year history is dif­fi­cult to match

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION -

It is dis­ap­point­ing to see an at­tack on APLA to jus­tify a new lobby group, when there was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to state the se­ri­ous­ness and detri­men­tal im­pacts of pro­posed DMP fees, and what this group in­tended to do to con­vince the min­is­ter to change them.

As APLA pres­i­dent 2005-2013, I was aware of Mike Charl­ton’s pre­vi­ous is­sues 15 years ago where he also pub­licly raised them.

But the as­so­ci­a­tion had to put the bulk of its mem­bers first and not hurt their in­ter­ests for the ben­e­fit of a few.

In my time with APLA in the past 20 years, I have never seen the so-called “long­stand­ing bat­tles with APLA” and only a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion by three lo­cal prospec­tors, each of whom I dis­cussed bring­ing back into APLA since 2005.

Although there was on­go­ing dis­cus­sion and agree­ment with most is­sues in the past few years, APLA did not agree with the re­quested meth­ods to han­dle them. APLA sees public protest as a last re­sort.

APLA has been suc­cess­ful in main­tain­ing Prospec­tors and Lease­hold­ers Rights and com­pet­i­tive­ness through ma­jor changes in State and Fed­eral leg­is­la­tion and reg­u­la­tion for more than 110 years.

In most cases, changes are not in­tended to se­ri­ously im­pact the prospec­tor but with­out APLA’s ex­per­tise to demon­strate the im­pacts they would have done so.

As for Gold­fields First, I can see how they have formed with the enor­mous but de­ferred POW fee, which is un­real.

But it is com­pletely un­fair to blame APLA for the Gov­ern­ment’s stance.

APLA will get a good re­sult in this as al­ways.

It will be dif­fi­cult to match APLA’s 110-year history, which has seen many stoushes like this be­fore, but bet­ter late than never. Sean Ashcroft Kal­go­or­lie

Pic­ture: Lin­coln Baker

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