The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) has recently provided a joint submission with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), and other state minerals industry representative bodies, to the Senate Environment and Communications Reference Committee on the inquiry into rehabilitation of mining and resources projects as it relates to Commonwealth responsibilities.
The inquiry questioned the adequacy of existing regulatory arrangements on a state level regarding mine closure and rehabilitation, and investigated the effectiveness of current rehabilitation practices on a social, economic and environmental level.
The joint submission strongly emphasised how the existing jurisdictional systems comprehensively safeguard the government and community from post-mining liabilities. It addressed how state-based regulatory frameworks provide complete oversight of mine site closure and rehabilitation, and that Federal Government powers will not deliver additional outcomes, but increase regulatory burden on business.
The submission recommends State Government should continue to hold responsibility when dealing with mine closure, rehabilitation and financial assurance. Each state and territory already has comprehensive provisions in place to ensure a leading practice regulatory framework for dealing with such matters.