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, and 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.
Acting Head or Resources, John Krbaleski, said that Mr Butler’s temporary appointment meant that it is business as usual for the Mining Warden’s office.
“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”.