Passage of Mining Bill a disappointing outcome: GPSA

Oct 18, 2019

Grain Producers SA has expressed its disappointment following the passage of the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018 through State Parliament yesterday.

As noted in the Legislative Council, the passage of the Bill means Minister for Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan has failed to follow through on the State Liberals’ 2018 election commitment to thorough and meaningful consultation with primary industries.

GPSA has previously stated that the Government’s decision to charge ahead with this legislation means South Australian landholders will be saddled with some of the worst legal framework in the country which will put prime agricultural land at risk.

However, GPSA Chair Wade Dabinett noted the strong support for an independent review of the Mining Act, something GPSA has been calling for ever since the previous government announced the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review in 2016.

“It is clear the Department for Energy and Mining cannot continue to review this Bill and deliver a fair balance between mining and agriculture,” he said.

“Minister van Holst Pellekaan should use this opportunity to refer this Bill to an independent review to bring certainty and finality to this legislation.

“This review should, among other things, thoroughly examine best practice land access frameworks in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.”

One small consolation for landholders to come from the passage of the Bill is the establishment of a free and independent Mining Advisory Service.

“We look forward to the Government delivering this service, as outlined by Minister van Holst Pellekaan,” Mr Dabinett said.

“GPSA will continue to advocate for the need to balance agriculture with competing land uses such as mining, to protect the sustainability of agricultural production for future generations.”  




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