Mining Bill will 'lock in' immediate benefits

South Australian Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan says the government is committed to its amended Mining Bill to lock in benefits for the agricultural and mining sectors.

The Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill passed the state House of Representatives on July 3 and, if it passes the Upper House, will replace the existing Mining Bill, which dates back to 1971.

During a visit to Port Lincoln last week Mr van Holst Pellekaan said an "enormous amount" of consultation led to amendments such as doubling the time a company has to give notice to access land.

He said it would be impossible to meet all the needs of the agricultural and resource sectors in one go but passing the bill would lock in immediate benefits.

"We know both agricultural and resource organisations would like to have more benefits," he said.

"We want to lock in the benefits so they can get them straight away."

Mr van Holst Pellekaan said he was hopeful the bill would pass through the Upper House and the next phase of consultation would start very soon across every region.