26/06/2015 - 16:16

State govt halts assessment fees

26/06/2015 - 16:16

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The state government has deferred the introduction of any cost-recovery fees for processing mining, exploration and prospecting applications.

AMEC chief executive Simon Bennison.

The state government has deferred the introduction of any cost-recovery fees for processing mining, exploration and prospecting applications.

The fees will be deferred to complement the passage of major reform legislation, which the state government says will benefit the industry through simpler, more streamlined approvals.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said he had listened to input by Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs, Kalgoorlie MLA Wendy Duncan and Pastoral region MLC Mark Lewis.

"Thanks to their work, other funding options have come forward and are now under consideration by my department," Mr Marmion said.

"I am confident this approach will help reduce confusion and concern."

The regulations to levy fees on mining proposals and larger program of work applications were due to be activated on July 1.

AMEC chief executive Simon Bennison said the deferral of new fees for programs of work and mining licenses was well received by industry.

“It is extremely positive that the Minister has listened to feedback from industry and common sense has prevailed," Mr Bennison said.

“Other funding options should have been the first consideration, not cost recovery of key departmental services."

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