Consultation on a comprehensive review of South Australia’s mining laws will be streamlined with a single closing date for submissions on all three discussion papers.

The Department of State Development had planned a staggered five-weeks of consultation for each of the three discussion papers as they were made available for public feedback.

Initial feedback from stakeholders including the resources industry and primary producers indicated a desire for a more streamlined (single closing date) process for submissions given the pressures of the harvest and holiday season on local communities.

Submissions on all three separate discussion papers will be accepted up to 24 February 2017, avoiding the need to provide a separate response to each of the papers.

The Chair of Primary Producers of South Australia (PPSA) and the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), and the State Director of the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) welcomed the consolidated submission date.

Background

The Leading Practice Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act, the Mining 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.

The first Discussion Paper on the Mines and Works Inspection Act and Regulations was issued 16 November. Papers on the Mining Act and the Opal Mining Act will be released for public consultation in the coming weeks

Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

Our farmers are key stakeholders of the mining industry and their input is very important to the review of these laws.

Following the release of the discussion paper I received correspondence from farmers requesting that the closing dates for submissions be consolidated.

That is a common-sense approach that I am pleased to support because we want to make it as easy as possible for submissions to be made during this busy period.

More than 150 community and stakeholder representatives have already provided valuable feedback on their expectations from a modern, transparent legislative framework for mining.

Having one closing date on February 24 will enable more farmers and other community stakeholders to make submissions.

Quotes attributable to Primary Producers South Australia Executive Chairman Rob Kerin

We welcome the consolidation of the closing date for submissions. It will allow those harvesting, or otherwise busy, to fully participate in the Review.

Quotes attributable to SACOME CE Rebecca Knol

SACOME welcomes the changes announced by the Minister today to consolidate the consultation period. This is a significant review of mining laws in South Australia and it is important all stakeholders are able to provide comprehensive comments and feedback to the government.

Quote attributable to SACOME President Terry Burgess

We look forward to the review and expect to see improved efficiencies and modernising of the Acts that will ensure SA remains a global leader for minerals industry regulation, providing the certainty and confidence to invest in our state.

Quotes attributable to CCAA State Director Todd Hacking

This is a once in a generation opportunity to get the balance of mining and extractive regulation right. Ensuring operators, stakeholders and the community have enough time to read, digest and comment on the discussion papers will elicit the best results for the Review.