Re. Comment on Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

The MCA has welcomed the recent National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group engagement with the Minerals Industry, among other stakeholders, on the Draft Plan. As you are aware, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents over 85% of minerals production in Australia. 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.

MCA members commit to continuous improvement in their performance, beyond regulatory requirements, as signatories to Enduring Value – The Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development. A key element in this Framework is the commitment to ‘contribute to conservation of biodiversity and integrated approaches to land-use planning’.

The minerals industry recognises that initiatives to better manage their land holdings, including non-operational lands, beyond ‘duty of care’ requirements reflect on their ‘social licence to operate’. Accordingly, there has been increasing effort by minerals companies to invest in landscape management far beyond regulatory requirements.

The MCA supports the objectives of the Draft National Wildlife Plan, including the greater use of strategic, regional approaches to conservation and management to achieve improved biodiversity connectivity and greater environmental resilience. In addition, the MCA supports greater use of voluntary and co-regulatory approaches which are developed collaboratively with other land users.

The attached document provides specific feedback with respect to the Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan.

The MCA would welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues further, including participation in any future stakeholder consultation. Should you have any questions regarding this submission, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 02 6233 0627.

Yours sincerely

Assistant Director - Environmental Policy

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