Yorke Peninsula Council passes Resolution calling for Liberal Government to:
RECOGNISE AND PROTECT YP’s AGRICULTURE, TOURISM AND COMMUNITIES AND CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MINING BILL
At the 13th February Council meeting, Cr. Roger Johns put a Notice of Motion which included calling on the State Government to conduct an Independent Review of the Mining Bill now before Parliament. The Resolution (see below) was endorsed 7 votes to 1.
1. Calls on the State Government to;
(a) Recognise, protect and enhance the productivity and long term economic viability of our district’s agriculture and tourism industries while providing for the social and physical well-being of the community; and
(b) Ensure that future development does not detract from the “Agriculturally rich and naturally beautiful” character of the district; and
(c) Otherwise ensure that the special “Agriculturally rich and naturally beautiful” character of the district is preserved for future generations; and
(d) Conduct an Independent Review into the land access provisions of the Mining Bill with an aim to develop legislation that provides strong, long-term protection for our agriculture and tourism as well as the social and physical well-being of Yorke Peninsula communities.
2. Calls on the Mayor to advise the Premier, Steven Marshall of the Council’s resolutions, with copies to:
(a) The Minister for Mining and Energy, the Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan,
(b) The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Hon. Tim Whetstone,
(c) The Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment, the Hon. David Ridgway,
(d) The Member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis
and that they be endorsed by his Government.
When a Division was called, we understand from those present in the Gallery that the voting was as listed below. However, these need to be confirmed in the Official Minutes.
Dep. Mayor Tania Stock
Cr. Roger Johns
Cr. Anthony Bennett
Cr. David Langford
Cr. Adam Meyer
Cr. Kristin Murdock
Cr. Leanne O’Brien
Cr. Richard Carruthers
The following declared a conflict of interest and left the meeting
Cr. Naomi Bittner
Cr. John Rich
** Cr. Jeffrey Cook was a meeting apology
This Resolution will send a strong message to the Premier and Cabinet from YP’s elected Councillors and the people they represent that our region’s existing industries and special character must be protected and that further investigation of the complex issues surrounding land access by resource companies should be established.
Thank you to all those who contacted their Council representatives prior to the meeting urging their support for the Resolution and to those who attended the meeting itself.
Our special thanks to Cr. Roger Johns for putting the Notice of Motion forward and to the YPC for endorsing it.