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A comprehensive review of the laws that guide the development of the State’s mineral resources requires a collaborative and harmonious relationship between all stakeholders to realise its full potential, according to the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).
The last substantive review of the Mining Act took place more than 40 years ago.
“This legislation is key to enabling economic development of the State's mineral resources and we are committed to initiatives that encourage multiple and sequential land use” said Rebecca Knol, SACOME CEO.
“Mining and other land users can sustainably co-exist and SACOME is committed to working with other sectors to achieve this” she said.
SACOME’s key recommendations include (view the full submission):
- Modernisation of process to improve operational efficiencies and make processes clear for all stakeholders;
- Streamlining of the mining lease approvals process to make them more workable for industry and transparent for stakeholders; and
- Improving access to land to ensure the process is efficient, effective and affordable for all parties
The Chamber believes that – far from being divisive - its recommendations provide all stakeholders with certainty and clarity. The proposed changes provide tools for the transparent regulation of the Act allowing greater transparency for stakeholders. The proposed revisions align the Mining Act with other jurisdictions.
“We are seeking changes to the framework of the Mining Act, to make it workable for all industry sectors” said Ms Knol.
SACOME has also advocated for the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court to revert to the Warden’s Court to hear any disputes under the Act. The Warden’s Court is seen to be more accessible, less costly and has a long history of dealing with mining related matters.
“The Chamber supports the State Government’s strategic priority to realise the benefits of the mining industry for all South Australians and any amendments to the Act should reflect this priority.”
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is the peak industry association representing companies with interests and connections to the South Australian resources and energy sector.
Rebecca Knol, CEO SACOME: 0409 012 007