What’s Being Done
Vulnerabilities and Management Responses
There are a number of activities being undertaken at State and local level to reduce the vulnerability of our land and land uses, these are outline below.
Technical support for salinity management techniques is also being provided through the Department of Water’s Engineering Evaluation Initiative.
Mining operations in sensitive environments require environmental approvals under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act (and possibly under the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act) to manage impacts on biodiversity values and landscapes, and demonstrate that operations are managed in accordance with the conditions of approval. This includes the preparation and implementation of mine closure plans which address rehabilitation of mine sites. The assessment of mining proposals by the Environmental Protection Authority under Section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act does not however consider the cumulative impact of mining proposals at a landscape scale.
It is the responsibility of the polluter, land owner or occupier of any private land to clean up contaminated sites. LandCorp is responsible for the remediation of orphan sites on behalf of the State Government.