LNP's green tape bill to cut red tape

MINE companies do not care about ribbon-cuttings, only cutting red tape.

Now the LNP Government's green tape reduction bill could be doing just that.

After being introduced by Environment Minister Andrew Powell earlier this month, the bill will allow public submissions to be made at the same time as other assessments, rather than after them.

Transferring these environmental assessments between companies will also become easier.

According to Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, it could take three months from approval times, a saving that will allow more junior mining firms to keep projects going.

Long and costly delays can cripple a small firm.

A streamlining process from the Mines Department ideally will act alongside the green tape reduction bill, designed to speed-up approvals without compromising scrutiny.

With paperwork now being done online and approval coming direct from the minister, a further six weeks could be saved for a mining firm waiting for a go-ahead.

Topics:  mines mining companies red tape

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