The State Government will recommence the issuing of petroleum titles to enable the industry to get back to business.
Mines Minister George Cash said Cabinet decided to adopt a range of administrative procedures to issue titles in accordance with the Commonwealth Native Title Act.
Mr Cash said the procedures were made necessary by the complex requirements of the Commonwealth legislation.
Since the High Court decision in March to uphold the validity of Native Title legislation the State's power to grant all titles, including petroleum titles where native title may be affected, has been conditional upon complying with Commonwealth law.
Mr Cash said the granting of petroleum exploration titles had been delayed and new exploration acreage had not been released while procedures were developed.
He said the petroleum industry had made a major contribution to the economic growth of Western Australia and it was important the Government did everything it could to assist the industry increase levels of exploration.
Guidelines outlining the process involved in issuing petroleum licences in accordance with Native Title legislation will be circulated throughout the industry.
The guidelines will also be available from the Department of Minerals and Energy, 100 Plain Street, East Perth.
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