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WA reforms to fast track resources approvals

Revolver Resources will accelerate plans to recommission a Far North Queensland copper mine thanks to support from the State Government.

The WA Government has released the Eligible Mining Activity (EMA) Regulations for stakeholder consultation.

It is part of the State Government’s ongoing plan to streamline regulatory approvals for the resources sector.

The Fast-Tracking Mining Approvals Strategy introduced in 2022 aims to transform the regulation of resource projects under the Mining Act 1978 (Mining Act) through multiple work streams.

The EMA framework, established under the Mining Amendment Act 2022, will increase the efficiency of applications by introducing a new form of authorisation for certain activities that involve minimal disturbance.

Under the EMA framework, tenement holders will be able to lodge a notification with DEMIRS that they will be undertaking certain eligible activities. Eligible activities can be undertaken following the successful lodgement of an EMA Notice, resulting in significantly shorter approval timeframes for these activities.

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The intent is that eligible activities will be those that pose a low risk to the environment and do not occur in sensitive environments.

WA Mines and Petroleum Minister David Michael said the Fast-Tracking Mining Approvals Strategy is a key component of the Western Australian Government’s election commitment to streamline project approvals.

“The strategy is being implemented in multiple work streams and programs in order to reduce assessment timeframes and aims to drive the State’s key economic activities,” Michael said.

“The EMA framework will shorten approval timeframes for certain low-impact activities without compromising environmental outcomes and I look forward to progressing with its implementation.”

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