Resources Minister John Bowler has announced his decision on the Shovelana leases in the Pilbara region.
Mr Bowler has determined that in the public interest, the application by Cazaly Resources for an exploration licence over ground formerly held by Rio should be terminated.
“I have carefully examined and considered the very substantial submissions presented by both parties and I am satisfied that the public interest is best served by terminating Cazaly’s application to explore the Shovelana prospect,” the Minister said.
Mr Bowler’s decision was made pursuant to Section 111A of the Mining Act, which allows the Minister to terminate mining applications where he is satisfied that it is in the public interest.
The need for the Minister’s decision follows an application by Cazaly Resources to explore the Shovelana prospect, which was held by Rio Tinto under an exploration licence.
Cazaly was allowed to apply for the licence when Rio Tinto’s application to renew its licence was not received by the Mining Registrar at Marble Bar within the appropriate time requirements.
Subsequent to the Cazaly application, Rio Tinto lodged its application for the mining lease and requested the Minister exercise his power under Section 111A.
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