Tenement holders must submit their MRF report by 30 June
|Date:||Monday, 22 June 2015|
For assistance with your MRF report call 9222 3162
The second compulsory reporting deadline for the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) is fast approaching and Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) Executive Director Environment Dr Phil Gorey said that nearly half the State’s tenement groups are still to complete their 2014-15 MRF online reports.
“All tenement holders operating on Mining Act 1978 tenure are required to submit disturbance data through the online MRF system by 30 June each year,” Dr Gorey said.
“The MRF team has worked extremely hard to ensure tenement holders submit this year’s report by the deadline and the department does not want to be in the position where we have to fine tenement holders for not submitting their MRF report.”
Dr Gorey said it’s a positive sign that just over 50 per cent of required MRF reports have already been completed and a further 18 per cent of tenement groupings have started a report in the system.
“This is a good result and I encourage the remaining tenement holders to start their reports as soon as possible and not wait until the 30 June deadline.”
The MRF team held forums for tenement managers and consultants in April and May to explain improvements made to the online system since last year and answer any questions they had.
Officers also travelled to a number of regional centres to assist tenement holders with their report, and continue to offer assistance over the phone or in person at the department’s East Perth office.
“Disturbance data must be lodged annually even if the rehabilitation liability estimate on the tenement falls below the threshold and no levy is payable,” Dr Gorey said.
This is the second compulsory reporting period for the MRF, which has received strong support from industry.
A number of improvements have already been made to the online system in response to feedback from tenement holders, and the department is currently seeking further feedback about future enhancements via a short online survey.
“The department is committed to further streamlining the MRF online system and combining environmental reporting requirements to minimise the burden on industry,” Dr Gorey said.
Anyone needing assistance with the 2014-15 MRF report should call 08 9222 3162 or email MRFenquiry@dmp.wa.gov.au.