Free pass for miners

WESTERN Australian mining-hopefuls can start building along infrastructure corridors while they wait for land access approval and no longer need land access licences in hand before submitting environmental approvals, under rules designed to fast-track construction at WA mine sites.

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Mining projects rely on infrastructure corridors to connect their mine to other processing sites or essential services.

WA mines minister Bill Johnston said the rules for infrastructure development would save time and bring all projects closer to development.