The exploration activity of prospective mining companies will be easier to track for the public through the launch of a new web mapping site.
The tool features an ‘easy-to-use’ Google Maps interface, collating information which is already publicly available on the GeoVic mapping website.
However the GeoVic tool has been widely criticised for its user unfriendliness.
The launch, announced by Energy and Resource Minister Russell Northe yesterday, came as part of the State Government’s attempts to create a more “transparent” mining industry.
“The Coalition Government is working hard to ensure communities can more easily access the information they need about mining and exploration activities and to ensure the industry engages in a meaningful way with local communities,” Mr Northe said.
The Mining Licences Near Me tool is available on the Victorian Government Energy and Resources website at energyandresources.vic.gov.au/mlnm