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YP Farmers Rejoice as Vote Delayed on Mining Act

FARM.JPGYorke Peninsula landholders are celebrating the adjournments of amendments to the Mining Act 1971 after local MP’s voted delay a vote on mining reforms until next year.

The MPs argued the Bill did not do enough to address the power imbalance between farmers and mining companies over access to land.

They want farmers to be able to veto mining exploration on their properties.

Currently 90 per cent of the Yorke Peninsula is under exploration licenses meaning farmers in the area can be approached by a mining company to gain access to their land.

Over 50 farmers from across the YP protested the changes to the bill on the steps of Parliament House earlier this week.

There are currently plans to build an open-pit copper mine south of Ardrossan with the mining company Rex minerals already acquiring farming properties for the project.