Public consultation period open for mining proposal reform

Mining proposal reform to support implementation of key principles of the Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) program
Date: Friday, 03 October 2014

Mining proposal reform discussion paper is open for public comment until 31 October 2014.  

Mining proposal reform is a key priority of the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) program.

As part of the engagement strategy for mining proposal reform, DMP has released a discussion paper for public consultation.

Acting Executive Director Environment, Steve Tantala, said that stakeholder consultation is extremely important to the successful implementation of mining proposal reform.

“In the first phase of consultation, we’re holding an industry briefing session on Tuesday 7 October which coincides with the discussion paper comment period,” Mr Tantala said.

“The discussion paper will provide stakeholders with a preliminary understanding of DMP’s proposed approach for mining proposal reform in advance of the upcoming industry briefing session.

“It will also provide interested stakeholders who are unable to attend the briefing session with an opportunity to make submissions on the proposed reform.

“We strongly encourage all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed reforms as all submissions will be considered in the future development of mining proposals.”

Mining proposal reform aims to ensure environmental regulation of mining is focused on identifying and managing environmental risks to achieve a set of agreed environmental outcomes.

This is consistent with risk and outcomes-based regulation which is a fundamental principle of DMP’s RER program.

DMP requests that submissions are made using the form located at www.dmp.wa.gov.au/20808.aspx and are emailed to mpreformenquiry@dmp.wa.gov.au

All submissions to DMP will be made publicly available on its website.

Submission can be made ‘in confidence’ which will result in the respondent’s name being withheld from the website, however all comments will still be made publicly available.

The discussion paper is available on the DMP website and feedback can be provided until 31 October 2014.