Hancock loses stoush over royalties

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 25-Jul-19

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has ruled in Wright Prospecting’s favour in the latest round of its dispute with Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting. The long-running dispute centres on the right to royalties from the Hope Downs iron ore tenements. The court has rejected Hancock’s bid to have Wright Prospecting’s legal action put on hold until the outcome of its appeal against a 2018 court ruling is known.

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HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, WRIGHT PROSPECTING PTY LTD, SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, COURT OF APPEAL (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)

Canberra puts its foot on the gas

Original article by Nick Evans, Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 17 & 28 : 20-Jun-19

The federal government will put pressure on Woodside Petroleum and its Browse LNG joint venture partners to commit to developing the gas project. The current retention lease expires in mid-2020, and Resources Minister Matt Canavan has warned that the Browse partners risk losing the licence if they cannot demonstrate that they are ready to make a final investment decision. Fortescue Metals Group is among the companies that could potentially take up the Browse lease if Woodside and its partners are forced to relinquish it.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, BP PLC, PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITED

Rio find could spark a copper rush

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 18 : 19-Nov-18

The mining sector’s interest in the Paterson Range region of Western Australia has increased in the wake of speculation of a major copper find by Rio Tinto. Although Rio Tinto has yet to comment, it has established a mining camp in the region and taken up a number of exploration leases. WA Mines Minister Bill Johnston says he has had no talks with Rio Tinto with regard to its presence in the Paterson Range. Fortescue Metals Group, Metalicity and Carawine Resources are among the companies to have acquired mining leases in the region in the wake of the Rio Tinto speculation.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, METALICITY LIMTED – ASX MCT, CARAWINE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX CWX, INDEPENDENCE GROUP NL – ASX IGO, ENCOUNTER RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ENR, ASSOCIATION OF MINING AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES, SOLGOLD PLC, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, WEST WITS MINING LIMITED – ASX WWI

Legal standoff leaves mining leases in limbo

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 18-Jun-18

Mining companies continue to face uncertainty over the validity of their Western Australian mining leases in the wake of a High Court ruling in 2017. The state government committed to legislating to ensure that leases affected by the ruling are valid, but it has received legal advice to the effect that the federal government must first make amendments to the Native Title Act. The federal government in turn maintains that WA must first amend its Mining Act. The WA government estimates that nearly 25 per cent of mining leases that have been granted since 2006 could potentially be invalid.

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HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, ASSOCIATION OF MINING AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES

Nahan buries ALP’s $400m gold grab

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 5 : 11-Oct-17

Western Australia’s Opposition Leader Mike Nahan says the State Government’s proposed increased in the gold royalty was aimed at funding its election promises rather than budget repair. The 50 per cent royalty increase faces defeat in the upper house after Liberal Party MP voted to block the bill, which had already been rejected by the National Party and crossbenchers. The mining industry had also opposed the royalty increase, warning that it would result in widespread job losses.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, ONE NATION PARTY, THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

Forrest ruling wipes out mining lease applications

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 10-Oct-17

A High Court ruling in August 2017 concerning mining lease applications lodged over pastoral land owned by Andrew Forrest in Western Australia has led to new mining legislation in that state. However, the legislation will not cover mining lease applications that are currently in progress, and Tony Bullen from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety says fresh applications will have to be submitted.

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HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, FORREST AND FORREST PTY LTD, YARRI MINING PTY LTD, ONSLOW RESOURCES LIMITED

Twiggy’s court ruling has Roy Hill concerned over leases

Original article by Tess Ingram, Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 6-Oct-17

Andrew Forrest obtained a ruling from the High Court in August to prevent two firms from lodging mining applications over his Minderoo cattle station in Western Australia. The ruling caused concern that other mining applications previously made in WA may not be valid, including those made by Fortescue Metals Group. Records from the relevant department in WA show that Roy Hill Holdings has lodged new applications covering its namesake iron ore project, with a company spokesperson noting that the new applications were a "precautionary step".

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY, ONSLOW RESOURCES LIMITED, YARRI MINING PTY LTD, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD

Gold royalty hike would ‘wipe profits’

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 5-Oct-17

Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biwas says the Western Australian Government’s proposed increase in the gold royalty has already affected the state’s reputation as an investment destination. He says companies such as Newcrest may opt to redirect investment elsewhere if the royalty hike makes their WA operations uneconomic. Northern Star Resources chairman Bill Beament, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland and AngloGold Ashanti Australia executive Mike Erickson have expressed similar concerns.

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NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, GOLD FIELDS LIMITED, ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LIMITED – ASX AGG, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Libs may back gold royalty rise

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 4-Oct-17

The Western Australian Government will require the Liberal Party’s support to increase the gold royalty from 2.5 per cent to 3.75 per cent. Opposition Leader Mike Nahan says the gold industry will need to present a strong case to persuade him to reject the royalty hike. He adds that the Liberal Party would be reluctant to block a money bill. Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biswas is among the industry executives to have lobbied both major political parties.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED

Gold royalty rise to cost 3000 jobs: lobby

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 6 : 3-Oct-17

Economic modelling by the Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia highlights the potential impact of the State Government’s proposal to increase the gold royalty from 2.5 per cent to 3.75 per cent. The modelling, which is based on 27 gold mines, suggests that the royalty hike would reduce the gold sector’s cash flow by about $A125m a year and cost up to 3,000 jobs. Saracen Mineral Holdings Raleigh Finlayson notes that a further 2,000 direct jobs would be lost if the gold price fell to $A1,400 per tonne.

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THE CHAMBER OF MINERALS AND ENERGY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, SARACEN MINERAL HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SAR, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, MACQUARIE RESEARCH EQUITIES, SILVER LAKE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX SLR, BLACKHAM RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX BLK, WESTGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX WGX