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Co-design of ACH regulations starts

The official co-design process for the development of the supporting regulations and guidance which will underpin the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 has now begun, with the launch event hosted by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Dr Tony Buti MLA on 29 March.  

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) will lead the process of co-design, and has published a range of factsheets outlining considerations for stakeholders and inviting comment as part of the first of three rounds to be held over the next 12 months. 

Regional workshops are also being held around WA to capture stakeholder input, with many CME members attending workshops across the State to provide input into this process. As the industry representative on the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Reference Group, Bronwyn Bell has attended many of these workshops to ensure the views being put forward by industry are being captured through these sessions.  

CME participated in the workshop held in Perth, alongside many members and other industry bodies, and CME Regional Officer – North West, Megan Brouwer, attended the workshop held in Port Hedland.  

The development of these supporting documents is critical to the success of the regime, and CME will continue to input into the process of co-design to achieve a practical, workable regulatory framework which functions for all stakeholders.  

CME member comments and contributions to frame the first round submission are sought. Please contact Roannah Wade at r.wade@cmewa.com if you would like to discuss any element of this consultation.  

$12 million to support world-leading seismic survey across WA 

Ahead of the budget on Thursday 9 May, the State has committed an additional $12 million to support the WA-Array passive seismic survey, a world-leading program which will facilitate significant improvements in our understanding of mineral deposits located at depth across the State over the next 10 years.  

Commitment to funding long term projects like these is critical to deliver step change improvements to our knowledge base and ability to explore for a range of different minerals to meet global demand. 

Improving our understanding of mineral deposits located at depth is a key part of unlocking the mines of tomorrow and the resulting benefits for regional communities and the state of WA. 

CME contact: Roannah Wade, Manager – Resource Development & Sustainability  
Email: r.wade@cmewa.com