Submission to Department of Environment and Energy on Draft National Light Polution Guidelines

The Minerals Council of Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Draft National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife. The MCA supports greater clarity for users of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process to enhance consistency, administrative efficiency and conservation outcomes for Australia’s native fauna.

This submission is supported by and was developed in consultation with The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Queensland Resources Council and the New South Wales Minerals Council.

The MCA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world-class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, and environmentally and socially responsible and attuned to its communities’ needs and expectations.

The minerals industry is committed to upholding high standards of environmental protection based on sound science and robust risk-based approaches in the assessment and management of potential environmental impacts, including potential unintended impacts to fauna from mining related infrastructure.

MCA members have a long-standing commitment to Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development. Part of this commitment includes continual improvement of environmental performance.

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