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					      Assessment Process
     for new Mining Leases
      (SA Mining Act 1971)


May,2006

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                                               Outline
• Legislative requirements
• Assessment process
   – Mining and Rehabilitation Proposal Document
     submitted (completed)
   – Statutory Public consultation (completed)
   – PIRSA and whole of government assessment of
     proposal (current step)
   – Minister considers to offer or reject lease (still to come)
   – Mining and Rehabilitation Program and Environmental
     Bond assessment (still to come)

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                  Legislative requirements
                                      -2 Stage Assessment Process
1. Mining Lease Application
   – Application details mining concept and risks to environment,
     public health and amenity
   – Statutory consultation is required
   – PIRSA and whole of government assessment
   – If to be offered, set rigorous lease conditions to protect
     environment, public health, safety and amenity
2. Mining and Rehabilitation Program (MARP)
   – Specification of constructing, operating, closing and rehabilitating
     mine site in accordance with lease conditions
   – Details of how environmental risks will be managed in perpetuity
   – Regularly reviewed during mine life
(Approvals and licences are also required under other
  environmental and safety Acts before mine construction
  and throughout life of mine)
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         Assessment process
Mining and Rehabilitation
  Proposal Document

  Public Consultation


 PIRSA Assessment &
    Minister lease
    offer/rejection

MARP / Bond Assessment

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             Mining and Rehabilitation
                  Proposal Document
• Description of environment and landscape (detail)

• Description of proposed operations (conceptual)

• Environmental, public health and amenity risk assessment

• Environmental, public health and amenity outcomes to be
achieved (control measures)
• Mine closure and rehabilitation plan (post mine land use)

• Submitted by Terramin in November, 2005
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         Assessment process
Mining and Rehabilitation
  Proposal Document


  Public Consultation


 PIRSA Assessment &
    Minister lease
    offer/rejection

MARP / Bond Assessment

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                        Public consultation
• Statutory consultation on mining proposal
   – Landowner, council, public, other govt. agencies
   – 6 weeks (10 November 2005 - 23 December 2006)
   – Summary of all issues raised compiled by PIRSA
     (Issues document released at CCC 18 May)
   – PIRSA recommended actions to be taken by applicant
     to address all issues raised
   – Issues document publicly available on 19 May
     (www.pir.sa.gov.au/minerals)
• Applicant directed by PIRSA to respond to issues
  raised in consultation (Terramin’s response document
  publicly available on 19 May
  (www.pir.sa.gov.au/minerals)                       7
         Assessment process
Mining and Rehabilitation
  Proposal Document

   Public Consultation


  PIRSA Assessment &
     Minister lease
     offer/rejection

MARP / Bond Assessment

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                        PIRSA Assessment
• PIRSA undertakes comprehensive review using
  independent technical experts
• PIRSA prepares assessment report in consultation with
  other government agencies (EPA, Health, DWLBC
  (groundwater, River Murray), Transport, Planning,
  Safework SA)
• PIRSA considers lease conditions that would be
  required to address all identified issues (draft currently
  being prepared)
• Reviewed by PIRSA’s Tenement Review Committee
  and recommendation made to Director of Mines and to
  Minister for Mineral Resources Development
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      Review of assessment report
• Statutory referral for formal review of whole of
  proposal and lease conditions by Development
  Assessment Commission (DAC)
• DAC recommendation to Planning Minister
• Statutory referral to Minister for River Murray
• If Planning and River Murray Ministers agree with
  Mineral Resources Development Minister,
  Government proceeds with offer of lease
• If no agreement, lease application is referred to
  Cabinet for decision

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         Assessment process
Mining and Rehabilitation
  Proposal Document

   Public Consultation


  PIRSA Assessment &
     Minister lease
     offer/rejection


MARP / Bond Assessment
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                           MARP assessment

If a lease offer is made and accepted by the applicant:
• Detailed MARP prepared by applicant
• MARP approved or modifications requested by PIRSA in
   consultation with other government agencies and CCC
• Environmental bond determined (to cover full liability of
   rehabilitation of land)
• EPA work approval and licence issued
• Other licences E.g water extraction, dangerous substances are
   required
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