The Victorian minerals industry is committed to operating in a sustainable manner. This means protecting the environment, investing in communities, delivering socio-economic benefits and facilitating regional development. Maintaining its social licence to operate is a priority for Victoria’s minerals industry.
The Minerals Council of Australia Victorian Division supports the Victorian Government’s new approach to environmental protection, which is outcomes based and prevention focused, and welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) draft subordinate instruments including the Regulations and the Environment reference standards (ERS) proposed to apply from 1 July 2020.
This submission raises issues that, if not addressed, may create unintended consequences, additional costs and/or duplication of effort for the Victorian minerals industry as it seeks to comply with the state government’s new environmental protection regime.