GPSA has continued to advocate for meaningful changes to SA’s mining law through changes to Mining Regulations, which underpin the Mining Act, and which are due to take effect in January 2021.
The draft regulations outline how the provisions of the revised Mining Act are applied. By law, the regulations cannot raise new issues and topics outside the scope of the updated Mining Act.
The regulations provide substantive technical detail for matters of importance for growers, including land access, the provision of information to landowners, and compliance and enforcement of conditions. The draft mining regulations can be accessed here.
GPSA engaged our Mining Taskforce to inform our policy position on the draft regulations and provided a written submission to DEM on behalf of South Australian grain producers.
GPSA made a range of recommendations in its submission to the Department designed to foster greater understanding for landowners about the nature of proposed mining operations on their land, as well as strengthening assessments of social and business impacts from mining operations on farm businesses. While these recommendations are limited, the Regulations can only be made in conjunction with the broader legal framework.
GPSA will continue to advocate for a better balance between competing land use interests. As such, GPSA continues to push for an independent review into SA’s mining law. This review should, among other things, thoroughly examine best practice land access frameworks in NSW, Qld and WA.
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