The resources sector supports strategic land use planning to help provide certainty about future development, minimise land use conflicts and to identify economic, environmental and social opportunities. CME considers governments have a critical role to play – ensuring the rights and responsibilities of key stakeholders, including landholders, explorers and miners are clearly communicated and understood.
Land access arrangements should be built on co-operation, trust and high standards of behaviour. Transparency in land use planning decision-making is an essential enabler for effective relationships around land.
There is a misconception that the existence of one industry – whether it is agriculture, viticulture, mining or exploration – negates the other. Both the agriculture and resources sectors are essential to our economy and there are numerous examples of how mining and other land users coexist for mutual and wider community benefit. Diverse regional economies are vibrant communities that are more resilient to commodity and climate cycles.
CME considers land use decisions should be based on economic, social and environmental evidence on a case-by-case basis. It should not be assumed that particular land uses are incompatible or that one land use is more suitable than another.
Land Use Principles
There is an opportunity for more effective strategic land use planning to guide land use and land use change in regional Australia. In response to this, CME has developed a principles based preferred model for strategic land use planning. The document can be downloaded by clicking here.
To showcase examples of where the resources sector successfully co-exists with other land users CME has developed a numbers of case studies. This includes:
In recognition of increasing concerns regarding land use conflict and industry consultation, CME has developed a fact sheet outlining the key considerations in gaining access to land for exploration. The document can be downloaded by clicking here.
In response to information regarding the practice of hydraulic fracturing, CME has developed a fact sheet explaining what the practice consists of and where to find additional information. The document can be downloaded by clicking here.