Have mining safeguards on ag land gone far enough?

Have mining safeguards on ag land gone far enough?

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Do we need more work on the balance between mining and agriculture? POLL

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The issue of resource company access onto agricultural land has long been a contentious one in SA.

A recent Select Committee inquiry into Land Access has recently released six recommendations that it says will help provide a better framework for both parties.

These touch on the introduction of a mining ombudsman; mapping agricultural land to protect high value locales; correct economic support - for legal support or in recompense - for landowners; guidelines for time of responses; an agreed template; and the requirement of consultation with neighbouring properties.

The Select Committee was formed earlier this year and comes on the back of updates and changes to the Mining Act.

Committee chair and Member for Frome Geoff Brock told state parliament the recommendations were made not to favour either agriculture or the resources sector and he implored both major parties to implement the recommendations if they were to win next year's election.

Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan told Parliament the committee's recommendations were largely in line with what his government were doing.

Do you think these recommendations are needed, or is the balance already right?

View the Select Committee's report here.

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