The Yakabindie Nickel Project was originally approved in December 1990 and has since been the subject of 5 reviews under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). These reviews have related to changes to the proposal and extensions of the time limit of approval. The last extension of the time limit of approval was granted in October 2001 in order to give WMC Resources Ltd, which had recently acquired the project, time to submit details of its plans for future activities. In its letter of 6 June 2002, WMC Resources Ltd, sets out its future plans for the project through a time table for project development. WMC Resources Ltd has requested a further 5 year extension of the approval in order to accommodate this timetable.