Discussion Paper 1 on the Mines and Works Inspections Act 1920 and Regulations has been released for public consultation as part of the review of mining laws announced on 27 September by the Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP. Discussion Paper 2, covering the Mining Act 1971, is expected to be released shortly, with the view to introducing a bill to Parliament in mid-2017. You are encouraged to have your say; closing date for submissions for Paper 1 is 21 December 2016.
I am very disappointed the consultation process for this review is coinciding with our busy harvest period, and despite a request from me, and others, the timeframes have not been altered which will impact on the ability of farmers to fully participate in this review. The Government's only concession so far has been to allow an opportunity for an extension should stakeholders request one.
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Submissions can be emailed to DSD.firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Department of State Development, Mineral Resources, GPO Box 320, Adelaide SA 5001.
Why the review?
Minister Koutsantonis states the review of the South Australia mining laws will seek to:
- bring forward the economic and social benefits of the State's mineral wealth for citizens, landowners, traditional owners, mining communities and miners
- grow South Australian businesses and drive increased investment and employment by abolishing obsolete and cumbersome legislative processes in concert with the Premier's Simplify red-tape reduction initiative
- strengthen the South Australian 'One Stop Shop' model for the assessment of mineral resource developments
- promote more efficient and innovative mining operations in South Australia by providing clear pathways for mid-project changes to operations
- establish South Australia as a leading e-business practitioner in the world's rapidly evolving digital economy
- further improve transparency and land access engagement, negotiation and court resolution processes
- implement flexible financial assurance models that increase community confidence in mine closure and environmental rehabilitation performance and outcomes
- reinforce the existing leading practice environmental protections offered under the Mining Act 1971 (SA)