The Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill passed the lower house last week in parliament however, concerns have been raised about landowner rights.
The previous bill, passed in 1971, was outdated and failed to address many contemporary issues given current landholder laws.
The new bill will see increased government and industry transparency and accountability, environmental improvements and farmer benefits such as new rights for landowners to apply for land negotiation exemptions but farmers remain unconvinced and continue to protest against the legislation.
Member for Flinders Peter Treloar says some farmers have raised concerns regarding the legislation, but any alterations may be difficult to achieve given the ownership of mineral rights by the Crown.
“The crown retains the mineral rights so essentially a farmer or landowner will own the top six inches, which is often quoted, but essentially the top of the surface of the earth and what’s below that, the state owns and the crown owns and anything different would give mineral rights to the property owners.” Said Mr. Treloar.
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