With local farmers now nearing completion of this season's interrupted harvest, I urge landowners to consider reading the discussion papers released as part of the underway Leading Practice Mining Acts Review.
The most recently released paper (number 2, on 22 December) includes sections on land access rights; 'exempt land' provisions; expansion of landowner rights to faster, cheaper and less formal agreement-making and court processes to resolve issues; how changes in operations during a mine's life are dealt with; and potential legislative amendments to give greater open access to documents such as terms and conditions of a licence, approved PEPRs (Programs for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation), and geological information for traditional owners.
You can access the papers at www.minerals.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/exploration/leading_practice_mining_acts_review
or request hard copies by emailing DSD.firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for written submissions is 24 February 2017 (thankfully extended from its original date of 21 December), and it is noted stakeholders are encouraged to request an extension should they require additional time.
Submissions can be emailed to DSD.email@example.com or posted to: Department of State Development, Mineral Resources, GPO Box 320, Adelaide SA 5001.
A third (and final) discussion paper on the Opal Mining Act 1995 and Regulations is expected to also be released in the next couple of weeks.