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News release: Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Tuesday 27 September 2016.

South Australians are being asked to provide their input into a comprehensive review of the laws that guide the development of the State’s mineral resources industry.

The Leading Practice Review of Mining Acts will enable South Australians, including industry, traditional and other landowners, regional communities and stakeholders, to play a key role in shaping improvements to our world-leading framework of mining laws.

From this afternoon South Australians can learn about the review and the objectives of any proposed amendments to the existing mining Acts.

This is the first stage of an extensive consultation process that will include a call for public submissions through the yourSAy website, with Parliament considering amendments in 2017.

Background

The Leading Practice Review of the Mining Act, the Mines Works and Inspection Act and the Opal Mining Act will allow for the modernisation of these laws to ensure South Australia stays a leader in adopting modern and efficient practices for exploration and mining activities.

Reform of the Acts will seek to:

  • Bring forward the economic and social benefits of the State’s mineral wealth for citizens, landowners, traditional owners, mining communities, miners and mining service providers;
  • Grow South Australian businesses and drive increased investment and employment by abolishing obsolete and cumbersome legislative processes in accordance with the Premier’s Simplify red-tape reduction process;
  • Provide a more flexible ‘One-Stop Shop’ approach for mining project assessments and approval processes, to promote more efficient and innovative exploration and mining operations in South Australia;
  • Establish South Australia as a leading e-business practitioner in the world’s rapidly evolving digital economy in line with the Premier’s Digital by Default Declaration;
  • Increase the efficiency of our leading-practice engagement, negotiation and court processes so that there is greater transparency, and so landowners and industry have greater certainty, in accordance with the Better Together Principles;
  • Implement flexible financial assurance models that maintain community confidence in mine closure and environmental rehabilitation performance and outcomes;
  • Provide clear pathways for changes to operations during the life of a mine so that operators can adopt new technologies and adapt to changing market conditions and community expectations; and
  • Reinforce the existing leading practice environmental protections offered under the Mining Act 1971.

Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

South Australia already has an international reputation for providing a transparent, thorough and rigorous assessment process for the mining industry.

Our expert regulators ensure community and environment safety while at the same time providing certainty to investors and landowners.

But policy renewal is always important, and by doing this now South Australia will be in the box seat to realise the enormous benefits that will inevitably flow from the next upswing in the commodities cycle.

Listening to the community through comprehensive consultation is a basic requirement in ensuring any changes to our mining laws reflect what is important to all stakeholders.