Draft Native Vegetation Management Bill - MCA Response

Director Natural Resources South
Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport
PO Box 496 PALMERSTON, NT 0831

Re: Comment - Draft Native Vegetation Management Bill

Dear Sir/Madam,

This letter is in response to the invitation to comment on the Draft Native Vegetation Management Bill (“the Bill”).

The Minerals Council of Australia represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. MCA’s member companies produce more than 85 percent of Australia’s annual mineral output.

Northern Territory members comprise more than 100 individual mining, exploration and service support companies operating in the jurisdiction and comprise 25 percent of the Territory’s gross state product, employing more than 4,600 people.

The future of the Australian minerals industry is inseparable from the global pursuit of sustainable development. Through the integration of economic progress, responsible social development and effective environmental management, the industry is committed to contributing to the sustained growth and prosperity of current and future generations.

To give practical effect to these commitments, the minerals industry has developed Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development. Enduring Value builds on the Australian Minerals Industry Code for Environmental Management, which is the platform for industry’s continual improvement in managing environmental issues. Enduring Value builds on the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement in performance as outlined in the Australian Minerals Industry Code for Environmental Management (1996 and 2000), and establishes a framework to capture and extend leading practices in social, environmental and economic management across industry and to publicly report on progress.

Clearly the industry has a series of formal and internationally recognised principles on which the industry undertakes exploration, development and mining activities and whose activities are the subject of intense scrutiny and regulation by government and other key stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate.

A review of the draft Native Vegetation Management Bill highlights a number of significant issues and the minerals industry in the Northern Territory sees this legislation as a risk to the industry and the long-term economic and social prosperity of the Northern Territory.

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