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Mining Industry Liaison Committee (MILC) meeting
Thursday, 23 September 2010
The recent meeting of the Mining Industry Liaison Committee (MILC) has informed members of the establishment of an inter-agency group between DMP and DEC to consider native vegetation issues and advise on legislative changes.
The administrative agreement between the two agencies is being reviewed with approval timelines being considered.
Both agencies are currently coordinating cross access to IT systems and databases to assist in the timeliness of decision making.
At the meeting DMP representatives provided members with an update of the proposed tenure for the Mt Manning area, north of Southern Cross.
The new arrangements followed extensive work by DMP and DEC to identify a balanced way forward to address conservation and mining values in the area.
The arrangements build on the State Government’s commitment to retain the existing Helena-Aurora Range and Mt Manning Range conservation parks and the Mt Manning Range Nature Reserve.
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) believed this was a good outcome for industry while the Australian Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) said that cooperative processes involving the mining industry would provide important flora and fauna studies.
The rationalisation of the standard exploration conditions for conservation areas has now received support from the Government agencies and in-principle agreement of Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore.
Guidelines are now being prepared and consultation with industry is now underway.
DMP outlined a series of options for advertising exploration and mining application notices on its website, with a trial period to commence early in 2011.
MILC was established in 1987, and its membership includes chairman DMP Director General Richard Sellers and senior DMP staff, and representatives from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME), the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) and the Amalgamated Prospectors and Leaseholders’ Association (APLA).
The committee provides a forum to review and monitor all mining legislation administered by DMP and any issues that may affect such legislation.
It also facilitates consultation between the mining industry and DMP on matters relating to the State’s mining legislation and associated policies and procedures.
Another important role of the committee is the identification and removal of duplication in approvals across government agencies and ensuring approvals processes and associated legislation is effective and efficient.
It also aims to address problems and resolve conflict relating to mining issues and strives to promote the mining industry.
As a consultative body made of government and industry stakeholders it is able to directly advise the Minister on policy issues and recommend changes to mining legislation.