via The Mining Journal
According to resource industry exports, auctioning off the licenses in exchange of cash will drive operational costs upwards and stunt the growth of the industry, in particular that of coal seam gas. The state government, on the other hand, said that its plans were justified since mining companies had access to the state’s rich resources.
The auctions will start next week through a competitive cash bidding process of the petroleum areas to interested resource proponents – both domestic and international. Accordingly, the preferred bidder, will gain exclusive exploration rights to the land that was made available in the auction. The rights would still be subject to conditions, according to the Queensland government.
According to the tourism council of Western Australia, the state government should focus efforts on regional communities that are not directly reaping the benefits of the mining boom. While hotel rooms in Perth, Port Hedland, and other mining centres are getting the numbers thanks to the influx of business trips, some regions of WA remain neglected, almost forgotten.
Evan Hall, a member of the tourism council, pointed out how the government has focused too much attention on investing time, money, and infrastructure in this mining hubs, leaving certain towns at the lower end of the mining boom inequity.
Hotel occupancy rates in the boom towns are up to 80% while in areas like Broome and Busselton, the rates are only around 50%. Hall said the numbers reflect the kind of support the towns are getting from both the state government and the private sector; and suggested that both sectors diversify the economy, and develop more balance tourism.
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