In August 2016, two reviews of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) are underway to evaluate the effectiveness of the WPA Rule, including all policies and procedures, along with a review of the WPA Advisory Board.
The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is used for the testing of war material under the control of the Royal Australian Air Force and has been declared a Prohibited Area under Part VII of the Defence Force Regulations 1952 which governs access to the WPA for non-Defence users. This includes existing mines (Challenger, Prominent Hill, Cairn Hill and Peculiar Knob).
The WPA is also highly prospective and it is estimated that more than $35 billion in developments could be possible over the next decade. In August 2014 WPA Rule 2014 came into effect to administer a new statutory permit system for new non-Defence users, including resource exploration and mining companies.
Tenement holders that hold tenements in the WPA and other key stakeholders are encouraged to participate and make a submission with their views on the WPA Rule and the WPA Advisory Board.
More information about the consultation is available from the Australian Government’s Business Consultation Hub https://consult.industry.gov.au/resources/reviews-of-the-woomera-prohibited-area-rule/consult_view
Public consultation is open from 9 August to 9 September 2016.