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Leading Practice Mining Acts Review - Statutes Amendment Bill released

Tom Koutsantonis, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy.  
18 October 2017.

The State Government has released the first amendment Bill as part of the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review.

The Statutes Amendment (Leading Practice in Mining) Bill 2017 proposes amendments to the Mining Act 1971, the Opal Mining Act 1995 and the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, reflecting the 82 Recommendations for amendment released online in September 2017.

The Bill and the 82 recommendations propose balanced changes to better protect landowners and the environment, as well as increase transparency, cut red tape and attract investment in South Australia. A guide to the Bill is available on the Leading practice mining acts review page of this website.

Background
The State Government has undertaken the most comprehensive review of the three major mining acts in over 45 years. The public consultation process sought the views of landowners, industry, regional communities, explorers, representative bodies and mine operators on the strengths and shortcomings of the current legislation.

The Bill was drafted based on more than 130 written submissions to the Review and targeted engagement with more than 1,700 stakeholders. It balances the requests from landowners, communities, business and environment advocates in a practical way.

The Bill is the first of several proposed for introduction in the next two years. Ongoing consultation on native title issues, other landowner and environmental aspects and mine rehabilitation funding will continue into 2018.

Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis
The conditions in which the mining industry operates and the expectations of stakeholders are constantly evolving, which is why this review is so important.

This Bill outlines balanced changes that will cut unnecessary red tape, better protect landowners and our environment, increase transparency, and attract investment in South Australia. The farming, mining and regional communities have been actively engaged in this extensive consultation process and their insights are reflected in the breadth and quality of the practical amendments now under consideration.

Quote attributable to Mineral and Energy Advisory Council Chair Keith Yates
The Council is satisfied that the key recommendations for changes to the Act reflect the appropriate balance between the diverse interests of all stakeholders… (and) considers that bi-partisan support by the two major political parties for the Amendment Bill is essential to achieve these outcomes.

Quote attributable to SACOME CEO Rebecca Knol
SACOME is committed to working together with other sectors to ensure that mining and agriculture not only sustainably co-exist, but prosper. The Leading Practice Mining Acts Review has been an integrated and collaborative process which has expedited 82 recommendations that make the Act more workable for all.

Quote attributable to Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association SA President Leanne McClurg
AMPLA considers that amendments to the mining legislation which accurately reflect the 33 recommendations for business and investment could increase certainty for the sector, by creating a system where parties’ rights and interests are more clearly identified and are capable of being better protected (which) could lead to increased activity in the sector.