Victorian mines on track for a better regulator

The Fosterville operations in Victoria. Image: Kirkland Lake

With the release of the Getting the Groundwork Right: Implementation Plan, the Victorian resources industry can see work already under way and the work to come to better regulate mines and quarries, according to the state government.

In late 2017, the Commissioner for Better Regulation, Anna Cronin, produced the Getting the Groundwork Right report, which highlighted the key steps required to improve Earth Resources Regulation, including opportunities to improve practice and process, which are now being applied.

The Implementation Plan sets out the actions required to meet the Commissioner’s recommendations. The Victorian Government believes the role of regulating quarries has never been more important with demand for material at an all-time high.

Victoria’s minerals sector is also experiencing growth with a renaissance for gold mining delivering more opportunities for extending and creating new mines and jobs in regional areas.

“It’s vital with a growing quarry and mine sector the community has confidence in Earth Resources Regulation – we’re taking the steps to make a number of improvements,” Earth Resources Regulation executive director Anthony Hurst said.

“We are implementing the actions to underpin growth by improving the approvals and regulatory arrangements for the quarries, mines and other resource projects.”

A number of improvements have been made since the release of the Commissioner’s report last year, according to the state government. Its State Budget has allocated $12.7 million to continue this work to improve the capability and performance of Earth Resources Regulation.