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Mining on Agricultural Land – Land Access Inquiry
- A Select Committee was established to inquire and report on SA’s land access arrangements concerning mining and exploration activity on agricultural land, thanks to a push from the expanded crossbench in the Lower House of State Parliament.
- GPSA formally presented to the Committee on 19 July 2021.
- The Select Committee tabled their final report on 18 November 2021.
- The Select Committee’s recommendations strongly align with GPSA’s policy position.
- You can read GPSA’s submission to the Select Committee here.
The SA Parliamentary Select Committee on Land Access tabled their final report on 18 November 2021.
A Select Committee was established in early 2021 to inquire and report on SA’s land access arrangements concerning mining and exploration activity on agricultural land, thanks to a push from the expanded crossbench in the Lower House of State Parliament.
In their final report, the Select Committee made six recommendations which strongly align with GPSA’s policy position. The recommendations include;
Recommendation 1: A mining ombudsman
The committee recommends that a mining ombudsman office be established:
a. to oversee and enforce the regulation of exploration in accordance with the Mining Act 1971; and
b. to develop and administer a code of conduct for exploration; and
c. which incorporates the Landowner Information Service.
Recommendation 2: Protecting agricultural land
The committee recommends that the Department for Environment and Water be tasked with undertaking comprehensive mapping of existing land use and attributes with a view to the development of standalone planning legislation:
a. informed by investigation of the land access regimes of Queensland and New South Wales as elements of those regimes may be appropriate for South Australia; and
b. noting work already undertaken in relation to land use potential by the Department for Environment and Water and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.
Recommendation 3: Landowner expenses and income
The committee recommends that:
a. the amount available to a landowner to obtain legal assistance in relation to exempt land be increased to $10,000 and expanded to include all professional fees; and
b. consideration be given to providing an ongoing income stream to landowners should a mine be developed.
Recommendation 4: Timing
The committee recommends that:
a. the notice of entry period before a resource company can access land be increased to 90 days; and
b. the code of conduct to be developed by the mining ombudsman require explorers to have regard for the impact of the time of year due to the seasonal work of farms.
Recommendation 5: Documents and a template agreement
The committee recommends that the mining ombudsman be tasked to simplify the documentation associated with the land access regime and increase understanding by:
a. working to rectify the complexity of documents and the difficulty in identifying landowners; and
b. developing a template land access agreement in conjunction with the Department for Energy and Mining.
Recommendation 6: Neighbouring properties
The committee recommends that resource companies undertaking exploration be required to consult
with landowners whose properties physically adjoin the land that is the subject of the exploration and
keep them informed of their activities.
The Select Committee’s timely recommendations will inform GPSA’s pre-election policy ahead of the 2022 state election.
As appointed on 02 March 2021, Select Committee on Land Access membership is as follows;
The South Australian Government is in the process of developing a new Biosecurity Act with the aim to provide a simpler, modern and more effective legislative framework for the management of pests and diseases, plant and animal product trade, and response to biosecurity emergencies.
South Australia’s current biosecurity system is provided for by a number of different Acts, which can add complexity. The new Biosecurity Act will consolidate these Acts into a modern framework for managing SA’s biosecurity and provide a more cohesive and flexible approach to managing biosecurity risks.
GPSA has convened a Biosecurity Taskforce to identify growers’ key industry priorities in regard to the consolidated Act and to inform GPSA’s submission to Government.
More information on the development of the new Biosecurity Act is available on the PIRSA website.