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Explorers Beware: Your Tenure May Now Be At Risk
This week, Warden Cleary delivered her decision in True Fella Pty Ltd v Pantoro South Pty Ltd  WAMW 19. In True Fella, the Warden found that True Fella’s application for an exploration licence (E63/2149) was invalid on the basis the application was accompanied by a non-compliant section 58(1)(b) statement.
Minister secures granted WA exploration tenure
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is examining a recent Warden's Court decision relating to Pantoro South Pty Ltd's objection to an exploration licence application by True Fella Pty Ltd.
On 18 August, the Warden determined that True Fella's exploration application was invalid, referring to the Section 58 Statement included with the application.
DMIRS will be examining the decision in detail, including any potential impact on the current guidelines provided regarding Section 58 of the Mining Act.
DMIRS continues to ensure the security of title and integrity of the register is of prime importance in the administration of the resources industry in Western Australia.
Round 26 of Western Australia’s Co-Funded Exploration Drilling Program open
The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) is reminding mineral exploration companies to get in early with applications for Round 26 of the Co-Funded Exploration Drilling Program which opened today.
“The competitive Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) program is a significant Government investment into mineral exploration drilling, offering up to a 50 per cent refund for eligible projects,” said AMEC Chief Executive Officer, Warren Pearce.
“Greenfield mineral exploration drives the success of Western Australia’s mining industry, it is these discoveries that deliver long-lasting jobs and benefits to our community.”
Expedited Procedure Reforms
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) have published the new expedited procedure process, which was implemented on 1 June 2022.
Prior to 2022, State policy on the inclusion of the expedited procedure statement in notices issued under section 29 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) applied a ‘blanket approach’ to the application of the expedited statement to particular kinds of tenements, namely prospecting licences, exploration licences, and retention leases (exploratory titles). However, the new process allows DMIRS greater discretion in the application of the expedited statement to such tenements.