Re­stric­tions placed on min­ing bid

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The City of Kar­ratha has wel­comed sig­nif­i­cant changes to an ex­plo­ration ap­pli­ca­tion which would have seen min­ing ac­tiv­ity take place within the town site.

Stone­form Hold­ings orig­i­nally lodged an ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­plore an area cov­er­ing parts of the Kar­ratha hills, Kar­ratha Sta­tion and res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Bayn­ton.

Un­der the al­ter­ations, a no­min­ing clause would cover all bar a small sec­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion on Kar­ratha Sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the City of Kar­ratha.

Mines and Petroleum Min­is­ter Sean L’Es­trange said the ap­pli­ca­tion was be­ing pro­cessed by the Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum in ac­cor­dance with the es­tab­lished pro­cesses for ten­e­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

“If the ten­e­ment is granted, stan­dard con­di­tions will re­quire the ten­e­ment holder to ob­tain writ­ten con­sent from the City of Kar­ratha prior to un­der­tak­ing any ac­tiv­ity within the town site bound­ary,” he said.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the de­ci­sion to ex­cise the town site from the ex­plo­ration area was a win for the com­mu­nity.

“The City of Kar­ratha did not sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion for a min­ing ex­plo­ration li­cence in the Kar­ratha hills as the hills are a much-loved part of Kar­ratha and much of the pro­posed ex­plo­ration area was con­tained within the town site, which made it in­ap­pro­pri­ate for min­ing,” he said.

“We are pleased that the Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum has ex­cised all of the town site from the ex­plo­ration area.

“While our City sup­ports min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, it is im­por­tant that our in­dus­tries are si­t­u­ated in ap­pro­pri­ate ar­eas that are out­side our town sites and off our hills.”

Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum min­eral ti­tles act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mike Wilde said the pro­posal would not move for­ward un­til it went through the na­tive ti­tle process.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion pe­riod for the na­tive ti­tle act closes on Jan­uary 2.

The Ngar­luma Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, which runs Kar­ratha Sta­tion and holds na­tive ti­tle over the land in ques­tion, failed to re­spond by time of print.

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