WA mineral exploration activity records five-year high

Mineral exploration activity in Western Australia is on the rise after the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety recorded a five-year high in the number of Programme of Work (PoW) applications.

The department’s figures for July and August showed a record 63 per cent increase on the monthly average (195) for applications and processing in the last five years.

In August, the department received 317 Programme of Work applications and finalised 99 per cent of PoW decisions within the new 15-business day target.

This streamlined approval timeframe target from 30 to 15 business days was announced in February and came into effect on July 1, 2020, which was also a record month with 323 applications received.

Read on in the full Media Release.