Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    McGowan Government receives 52 applications for EIS

    2/11/2017 7:35 AM
    • ​52 applications received for Round 16 of co-funded drilling projects
    • Successful applicants will be notified early December 2017
    • Project works to find the next big mineral deposit to start in 2018

    The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has received 52 submissions, including six from prospectors, for Round 16 of the McGowan Government's co-funded drilling program.


    The $10 million a year Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), which funds the drilling program and pre-competitive geoscience surveys, encourages resource exploration and helps to increase the number of new mineral and energy discoveries.


    The locations of this round's proposed gold, lithium, base metals, potash and nickel projects are located throughout Western Australia, from the South-West to the west Kimberley region.


    Applications will be reviewed by an external expert team and successful applicants will be notified early December 2017.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The McGowan Labor Government continues to encourage investment in resources exploration and creating jobs in our State.


    "The Round 16 applications reflect the current market, including applications for lithium exploration.


    "I look forward to announcing the list of successful companies next month."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700