DRAFT STATE PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK

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

The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world-class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, environmentally responsible and attuned to community needs and expectations.

The Victorian Division of the MCA represents the interests of member companies operating, exploring and providing services to the industry in Victoria. Policy positions of the Victorian industry are one and the same as the entire Australian minerals industry. The MCA operates on a platform of national consistency and therefore considers that minerals operations in all jurisdictions should be subject to the same polices and legislative frameworks across the country.

The minerals industry and the planning system

The Victorian Minerals industry has traditionally been and will continue to be an important contributor to Victoria’s growth, particularly in regional and rural Victoria, as such it has an important role to play in planning the growth of regional and rural Victoria.

The underlying geology of Victoria predetermines the location of mineral deposits and these are fixed in location. Consequently and uniquely compared with most other land uses, mineral development is only possible in the locations that the geology permits.

As such the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (PE Act), the current State Planning Policy Framework (and Victoria Planning Provisions) and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MR(SD)A) provide a range of protections that ensure that Crown owned assets are not sterilised through alternate permanent land uses.

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