URGENCY REQUIRED FOR MINTABIE
Recently the Mintabie Miner’s Progress Association (MMPA) forewarned the opal mining industry about impending Amendments to the APY Land Rights Act and the Opal Mining Act that relate to residents, visitors and future miners to Mintabie.
These include a prohibition of alcohol in a Mintabie resident’s home and compulsory police criminal history checks for everyone (except Anangu) who would be in Mintabie for longer than 24 hours. Residents will also need yearly police criminal history checks to continue living in their own homes.
The MMPA has been advised by PIRSA that the impending Legislation has been agreed to by Mr. Paul Holloway, Minister for Mineral Resources Development and has now to go to the Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation for final approval.
Any submissions, letters or opinions etc. should now be directed to the Minister responsible for introducing the APY (Mintabie) Amendment Bill 2008 into Parliament.
To : The Hon. Jay Weatherill
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
178 North Terrace Adelaide 5000.
The MMPA would appreciate a copy and can be contacted: c/- P.O. Box 74, Mintabie SA 5724.
Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It may be possible, even at this late hour, to instill some compassion, common sense and compromise into negotiations to resolve these contentions.
Coober Pedy Regional Times