The Western Australian Government has appointed a second Perth Mining Warden to help process contested mineral title applications.
The new Perth Mining Warden will start in March and will work on the increasing number of contested title applications before the court.
The high number of cases is due to an increase in mining title applications in Western Australia’s minerals sector, which has led to an increase in the number of objections to application approvals and disputes.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the appointment of an additional Perth Mining Warden will allow matters before the court to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently.
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“Western Australia’s resources sector has seen, on average, a 12 per cent increase in mineral title applications each year since 2019, which is an indication of the sector’s strong performance.
“This has led to a rise of contested mineral title applications before the Warden’s Court and in this competitive market it’s expected to continue growing.
“Dealing with these application matters through an accessible and efficient justice service is fundamental to a sustainable minerals resource industry.”
The appointment of a second full-time Perth Warden, and additional support staff, aims to ensure contested application cases will be processed in a timely and efficient manner.