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NSW Parliament to explore productive uses of land after mines

With several significant mining sites earmarked for closure in the coming decade, the NSW Parliament is launching an inquiry to investigate new and innovative approaches to post-mining land use. The inquiry will help ensure these sites can continue to bring economic investment and opportunities to regional communities even after the mines close.

There are more than 50 large active mine sites across NSW, 37 of which are coal mines. There are other sites which were previously used for mining which continue to offer opportunities for new, productive uses of land. Emily Suvaal, chair of NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on State Development, is undertaking the inquiry for Minister Houssos which AMEC believes provides a great opportunity to prepare a submission on this topic in conjunction with members.

For more information visit: NSW Parliament to explore productive uses of land after mines

 

Industrial Manslaughter Laws in NSW 

The NSW Government announced that it is introducing new industrial manslaughter laws. Included would be the introduction of fines of up to $20 million and a 25-year jail term as part of a broader shake-up of NSW workplace safety laws. The current maximum penalty for the highest form of offence under the WHS Act – Category 1 – is 5 years imprisonment for an individual or a $3.8m fine for a body corporate.

NSW is the last mainland state without an industrial manslaughter offence. Industrial manslaughter laws will allow for a business or individual to be held responsible for the death of a person due to gross negligence in the workplace. A unit will be established in the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that will be responsible for the prosecution of industrial manslaughter offences against individuals and, where appropriate, related bodies corporate.

 

Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy

AMEC has provided a submission on NSW Critical Minerals Strategy here and provided several recommendations. At the regular AMEC & MEG meeting (held in April, 2024), AMEC were advised that broad consultation is a couple of months away and that the strategy will be a whole of Government document.

 

Remake of Mining and Petroleum Regulations

AMEC understands that regulations are being streamlined and expect to be involved in consultation over the next few months. AMEC has offered to be involved in the reviews and look forward to the opportunity to provide feedback and submissions.

 

Draft Agricultural Impact Statement

AMEC have provided stakeholder consultation on the Draft Guideline for Agricultural Impact at the Exploration Stage. This provided an opportunity to ensure that the mining project approval process, which is already lengthy and complex, does not include duplicated processes.