Mining Act Review March 2017

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On 27 September 2016 the Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources announced the Leading Practice Mining Acts Review of the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920, the Mining Act 1971 and the Opal Mining Act 1995. We believe that this review presents an opportunity to address deficiencies in the Act and improve the regulation of mining activity in South Australia. Our comments on the associated Mining Act 1971 and associated Regulations Discussion Paper highlighted a number of improvements that could be made the Act, including the need for native vegetation to be properly protected from clearance associated with mining or exploration activity.

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Independent review of the 'water trigger' legislation

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An independent review into the EPBC Act 'Water Trigger' was undertaken in 2015 to assess whether the water trigger legislation has been effective in protecting water resources from the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) and large coal mining (LCM) developments. Our submission to this review acknowledged the water trigger legislation has established an effective framework for protection of water resources from the impacts of CSG and LCM projects but noted there are still significant gaps in research and knowledge to ensure the long-term protection and ecologically sustainable use of these valuable assets.

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Australian Pest Animal Strategy 2017-2027

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A review of this Strategy, that provides national guidance on management of vertebrate pest animals, was conducted in 2016. Our submission raised a number of concerns including the fact that the draft Strategy contains no detailed actions or description of outcomes to be achieved through identified goals and priorities. We also recommended that the Australian Government provide a greater leadership role in pest animal management and prevention including support for increased coordination of initiatives across jurisdictions.
NCSSA also supported the detailed submission made by the Invasive Species Council about this review.

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DCYP Bush Camping Locations

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We have serious concerns about the impact of bush camping on these important remnants of native vegetation and their nature conservation values

We strongly recommend the Council provide further details about the proposed expansion of these additional bush camping areas before proceeding with this proposal.

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Draft Native Vegetation Regulations 2016

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KatarapkoThe proposed changes in the draft NV Regulations support a shift from policies that avoid clearing toward policies that allow for clearing and offsetting. Overall, the changes proposed will be a significant watering down of regulations aimed at the protection of native vegetation. We challenge the assumption that there is a need to streamline the implementation of the NV Act.

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