The Victorian Coalition Government has launched a new web tool designed to help Victorian communities locate mining and exploration activities in their region quickly and easily.
The Mining Licenses Near Me web tool features an easy to use Google Maps interface and is optimised for mobile devices, including smartphones, which makes it accessible from anywhere at any time.
According to the media release by the Premier of Victoria, the tool not only shows petroleum and mineral tenements at both the application and approved stages, but also provides key information including the owner of the tenement, the commodity being explored or produced and the grant dates for the license or permit.
Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe said the easy-to-use Mining Licences Near Me web tool was the first of its kind in the country and would ensure greater transparency for communities regarding industry activity in their region, both onshore and offshore, including minerals, gas and quarries.
“The Coalition Government is working hard to ensure communities can more easily access the information they need about mining and exploration activities and to ensure the industry engages in a meaningful way with local communities. Victorians have a right to know where, when and what mining activities are being undertaken in their region, and this new Government tool enables them to swiftly access this information,” Mr Northe said.
“Victoria’s mining industry contributes $6.43 billion to Victoria’s economic output each year and employs more than 7,700 workers across the state. It is important our mining industry has the support and trust of the community to ensure its future success. The Napthine Government is committed to fostering a strong and responsible mining industry that is transparent, engages with local communities and creates jobs and investment in regional Victoria.”
The tool responds to Recommendation 10 from the Economic Development and Investment Committee inquiry into Greenfields Mineral Exploration and Project Development in Victoria which calls for greater transparency of applications for exploration licences.
It complements the existing GeoVic website, which offers more detailed information for industry and government stakeholders.
The Mining Licences Near Me tool is available on the Victorian Government Energy and Resources website at energyandresources.vic.gov.au/mlnm.