Farmers, miners sign historic agreement

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Minerals Council of Australia, Victorian Division (MCA), have signed off on two significant documents regarding exploration and mining on Victorian private land.

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Minerals Council of Australia, Victorian Division (MCA), have signed off on two significant documents regarding exploration and mining on Victorian private land.

The first document is a guide for landowners regarding exploration and mining on private land, the second is a Standard Agreement for Compensation for Mineral Exploration on Private Land.

Both documents have been updated to reflect current legislation and industry practice.

VFF President Simon Ramsay and Victorian Division MCA Chairman Charlie Speirs said that these agreements would facilitate harmonious relations between the two industries.

“This guide should be of considerable use to any farmer whose land may become of interest for mineral exploration. I strongly recommend that it be referred to by farmers prior to any discussion or negotiation with representatives of the mining industry,” Ramsay said.

“The Minerals Council of Australia has been pleased to prepare this booklet in the interests of ensuring that landholders are fully aware of the laws relating to minerals exploration and mining on their land,” Speirs said.

“This guide lays out clearly and in plain language the rights and responsibilities of each party when a company wants access to private land for either exploration or actual mining,” Ramsay said.

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