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Libby Mettam has been officially endorsed as the Liberal candidate for the Vasse by-election on Saturday 18 October.

"I am proud to be endorsed as part of the Liberal team which has delivered so much for the South West region and look forward to expanding on that solid foundation,” Libby Mettam said.

“This election campaign is about who can continue to deliver a better deal for the electorate of Vasse. Like Troy Buswell, I believe the best way to do that is by being a part of the Liberal-led State Government.

“As a Liberal, if elected I will have direct access to the decision makers that matter. I have already met with the Premier to discuss some of the key issues affecting our electorate and I look forward to the Premier joining me later this week in Vasse.

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The State’s reformed mining and petroleum assessment processes have helped underpin one of Western Australia’s newest resource success stories.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion revealed today that the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) had posted a new approval record, processing the Mining Lease for the Sirius Resources Nova nickel project in just 25 days.

“This is 40 days less than the target of 65 days under our revamped approvals system,” Mr Marmion said.

“This is reform in action, and means this exciting new resource in the Fraser Range near Norseman will likely go from discovery to production in three years, creating more employment in our mining sector.”

The initial significant nickel, copper and cobalt mineralisation was found in July 2012, and mining is due to start as early as 2015.