Mine Bill raises concerns

A lack of consultation and limited benefits for farmers are among the Stop Invasive Mining Group's concerns with the state government's Mining Bill, which passed the state House of Representatives last Wednesday.

Eyre Peninsula's Stop Invasive Mining Group chairman Bronte Gregurke, who was in the gallery for the vote, said there had been a lack of consultation with local landholders.

"They've consulted with the Yorke Peninsula Landowners Group, GPSA (Grain Producers SA) and PPSA (Primary Producers SA)...they haven't gone out and consulted with a lot of actual landowners," he said.

Mr Gregurke raised concerns about an amendment defining exempt land for "low impact exploration" within 200 metres of a building or residence while advanced exploration would be 400 metres.

Mr Gregurke said one major issue with land access being close to farming operations was contamination from "fugitive dust", which raised questions about contamination and who was liable when it was time to sell livestock.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, who declared an interest before the vote due to a tenement sitting over sections of land he owned at Hundred of Mortlock, said he was pleased the bill had finally passed after debate had been adjourned last November.

He said while the bill was not perfect there were increased benefits for landowners, including exempt land legal advice increasing from $500 to $2500 per landowner and a new right for landowners to apply for an exempt land negotiation.

"There are many other improvements relating to the environment, compliance and enforcement, and increased investigatory and prosecution powers," Mr Treloar said.

However Mr Gregurke said there were few benefits for landowners and what was provided were token gestures.

Grain Producers SA also criticised the bill's passage, with chairman Wade Dabinett saying changes to the mining bill meant the state's landholders would be saddled with some of the worst legal framework in the country.

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy welcomed the passage of the mining bill but has called for a structural review with a focus on approvals process reform.

Independent member for Frome Geoff Brock has put forward a notice of motion to be discussed on July 31 to have an independent review away from politics on land access best practices.