Former Victorian Crown Counsel John Butler has been appointed the state’s interim Mining Warden while the selection process for a permanent warden continues.
Mr Butler, who served as Victoria’s Mining Warden between 2010 and 2016, brings a wealth of legal expertise and knowledge of the mining sector to the role.
A commitment remains to the ongoing operation of the Mining Warden’s office and a permanent appointment is expected to be in place by the end of 2019.
The Mining Warden is an independent statutory office holder and has an important role focussed on resolving issues around the development and operation of mining and minerals exploration activity.
The Mining Warden investigates and attempts to resolve disputes by mediation, conciliation and arbitration. The Mining Warden can also make recommendations to the Minister for Resources.
Former Mining Warden Neill Campbell resigned in July 2019 to accept a role with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He served as Victoria’s Mining Warden from September 2016.
As noted by Acting Head Resources John Krbaleski:
“Mr Butler’s temporary appointment means it is business as usual for the Mining Warden’s office, with a permanent appointment likely to be in place by the end of the year.”
“Mr Butler brings a wealth of legal and administrative expertise to the Mining Warden role and we remain committed to providing a dispute resolution process for the mining sector”.
As stated by Mining Warden John Butler:
“I look forward to the opportunity to act as Victoria’s Mining Warden once again. Effective dispute resolution processes are important to support Victoria’s mining industry, landholders and other parties”.