Tim presents at the Piddington Society Conference in Kalgoorlie.

Oct 04, 2017

The Piddington Society recently held a conference in Kalgoorlie at which Tim presented.


Application for prospecting licence refused - Form 20 deficient

Aug 15, 2017

In Van Dongen v KML No.2 Pty Ltd [2017] WAMW 17 the warden refused an application for a prospecting licence because the Form 20 did not disclose the boundaries.


Yindjibarndi held to hold exclusive native title rights and interest

Jul 28, 2017

In Warrie (formerly TJ)(on behalf of the Yindjibarndi People) v State of Western Australia [2017] FCA 803 a judge of the Federal Court of Australia has held that the Yindjibarndi People are entitled to exclusive native title rights and interests over certain land in the Pilbara district of Western Australia including the Solomon Hub mine operated by the Fortescue Metal Group.


Full Court confirms that a proposal approved under a state agreement has legal effect

Apr 04, 2017

In Mineralogy Pty Ltd v Sino Iron Pty Ltd [2017] FCAFC 55 the Full Court of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal from the decision of Edelman J, as he then was, in Mineralogy Pty Ltd v Sino Iron Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 825.


Warden rules no application for exemption can be made

Mar 27, 2017

In Carnegie Gold Pty Ltd v George Victor Brewer [2017] WAMW 7 the warden answered a preliminary question posed by the parties concluding: “… on a proper construction of the Mining Act, that the holder of a mining tenement may not apply for and be granted a Certificate of Exemption in circumstances where a Form 5 expenditure report has recorded an expenditure of an amount which exceeds the minimum expenditure for the commitment for the relevant year.”


Warden holds that prior to marking out a special prospecting licence, the applicant must obtain a permit to enter from the native title holder.

Mar 14, 2017

In Sheehan v Red Sky Stations Pty Ltd [2017] WAMW 6 the warden refused an application for a special prospecting licence because the applicant had not obtained a permit to enter from the native title holder prior to marking out the application.


Amendment to the Mining Act 1978 came into effect on 8 February 2017

Feb 09, 2017

The Licensing Provisions Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 8 February 2017.


Take care when commencing an application for forfeiture of a mining tenement under the Mining Act 1978 (WA)

Jan 29, 2017

In Steele v Dickson [2017] WAMW 1 the warden dismissed two applications for forfeiture summarily.


High Court grants leave to appeal

Nov 11, 2016

In accordance with the recently introduced practice, the High Court of Australia on 10 November 2016 granted Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd leave