New focus on increasing regional presence
On 24–25 September 2013, the EPA visited Clare as part of our commitment to enhancing stakeholder engagement and increasing our presence in regional communities.
Three EPA Officers met with local and state government representatives and licensees to listen to their concerns and discuss local environmental issues.
During the two-day visit, the EPA team visited regional licensed sites and the local offices of Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), Regional Development Australia, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board and South Australia Police (SAPOL). They also met with staff from the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) in Jamestown to discuss the regulation of local mines and sharing information and systems to help streamline processes for mine operators.
Feedback from the Clare community has been generally positive, with many expressing gratitude for the opportunity to meet face to face with EPA staff and express their concerns. The EPA will continue to visit regional communities and improve the regional delivery approach across the state in future months.