Whilst mining is important for the economic development of South Australia, it is also important that the potential benefits and impacts on the environment and on the broader community are identified and considered.

The Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) has adopted recognised national regulatory principles and approaches including engagement and accountability. Public consultation underpins these principles and approaches.

For individual mining proposals it is recognised that:

  • It is essential to engage with people and communities who are directly affected by or have an interest in the proposal.
  • Communities have a wealth of knowledge about their local environment that may not be available to the proponent or the Mineral Resources Division through formal records.
  • Benefits for both the local community and the proponent may be identified through two-way flow of information between the community and proponents.

DEM seeks comment on applications, which may include:

  • applications for the grant of a:
    • mining lease
    • retention lease
    • miscellaneous purposes licence.
  • an application for a change in operations where there is a significant change to the environmental impacts of the operation.

This is an opportunity for the community to understand the proposal and scope of the operation, and to make comment on the proposal.

As well as the notice on this website, public notices for applications are posted in the Government Gazette and in an appropriate newspaper, or newspapers. The lease or licence application will also be provided to the local council and the landowner of the site.

Current (open) opportunities

Public comment is invited on submitted documents which describe the type of operation proposed and the measures to be undertaken to rehabilitate the land.

ProjectCompanyLocationPurpose Closing date
Lockett PitA & G Willson Earthmovers (SA) Pty LtdMacGillivray area, approximately 30 km south of KingscoteLimestone and Sand5 October 2022
Burdett QuarryPocock Quarries Pty LtdBurdett area, approximately 10 km east of Murray BridgeLimestone and Sand26 October 2022

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Proposals under assessment

ProjectCompanyLocationPurpose
Bremer Quarry (MC 4500) Pocock Quarries Pty Ltd Hartley area, approximately 11 km east-northeast of Strathalbyn Limestone
Butcher's Sand Pit (MC 4537 Sandyridge Holdings Pty Ltd Compton area, approximately 7 km east of Mount Gambier, covering an area of 10.45 hectares Limestone and sand
Hartley Sand Quarry Clay & Mineral Sales Pty Ltd Monarto South area, approximately 13 km west-southwest of Murray Bridge Sand
Hayes Limestone Quarry S.C. Heinrich & Co Pty Ltd Bowillia area, approximately 21 km southwest of Clare Limestone
Linwood Quarry (MC 4439) Boral Resources (SA) Ltd Approximately 15 kilometres southwest of Adelaide CBD in Hallett Cove Limestone
Moloneys QuarryGDP Civil and Quarry Pty LtdBurrungule area - approximately 17 km west-northwest of Mount GambierLimestone
Rosedale Quarry (MC 4496) Buttrose Earthmovers Lyndoch area, approximately 7 km east-northeast of Gawler Construction materials - dolomite, limestone, sand, slate
Sellicks Hill Quarry (MC 4414) Southern Quarries Pty Ltd Sellicks Hill area, approximately 3 km south of Aldinga Beach Limestone and shale
Victor Harbor MPL Management Plan Holcim (Aust) Pty Ltd Section 656, Hundred of Encounter Bay Ancillary operations of the Victor Harbor quarry
Waikerie Sand QuarryClay & Mineral Sales Pty LtdWaikerie area - approximately 10 km southwest of WaikerieSand

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Recently decided proposals

Mineral tenements granted

Terms and conditions imposed on the tenement holder are outlined in the tenement document.

Tenement documents granted prior to those listed below can be downloaded free of charge from the Tenement Register at tenementregister.sarig.sa.gov.au

Tenement holderLocation Tenement class* and number Lease or licence start date Term of lease or licence Area
(Ha)
Commodity or purpose
OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Limited Middleback Range area, approximately 42 km southwest of Whyalla ML 6537 (PDF, 419.5 KB) 22/08/2022 Seven (7) years 340.4 Industrial Mineral (Commodity – Iron Ore)
Gypsum Resources Australia Pty Ltd Penong area, approximately 55 km west of Ceduna ML 6536 (PDF, 334.8 KB) 03/08/2022 Thirty Five (35) years 48.56 Industrial Mineral (Commodity - Gypsum)
Wiltunga Nominees Pty Ltd Bute area, approximately 19 km west-southwest of Snowtown ML 6535 (PDF, 394.7 KB) 25/05/2022 10 years and 201 days 3.7 Primary authorised mineral: Extractive minerals (commodity dolomite - road base); Other authorised mineral: Extractive mineral (commodity sand - garden/filling)
Gambier Civil Pty Ltd Compton area, approximately 7 km west-southwest of Mount Gambier ML 6534
(PDF, 363.6 KB)
07/04/2022 21 years 4.08 Primary authorised mineral: Extractive minerals (commodity limestone); Other authorised mineral: Industrial mineral (commodity agricultural lime)
Gary Radford and Sons Pty Ltd Coles area, approximately 37 km south-southwest of Naracoorte ML 6533 (PDF, 459.9 KB) 21/01/2022 25 years 54.1 Primary authorised mineral: Extractive minerals (Commodities: sandstone); Other authorised mineral(s) Extractive minerals: (Commodities: clay and sand)
Andromeda Industrial Minerals Pty Ltd and Great Southern Kaolin Pty Ltd Chandada area, approximately 50 km east of Streaky Bay ML 6532 (PDF, 511.7 KB) 17/12/2021 35 years 318.66 Industrial minerals (Commodity: Kaolin)
Andromeda Industrial Minerals Pty Ltd and Great Southern Kaolin Pty Ltd Chandada area, approximately 50 km east of Streaky Bay MPL 163 (PDF, 503.3 KB) 17/12/2021 35 years 77.72 Ancillary operations - construction of a water pipe
Andromeda Industrial Minerals Pty Ltd and Great Southern Kaolin Pty Ltd Chandada area, approximately 50 km east of Streaky Bay MPL 164 (PDF, 467.4 KB) 17/12/2021 35 years 12.69 Ancillary operations - construction of an access road
Central Iron Pty Ltd McDouall Peak area, approximately 115 Km south-southeast of Coober Pedy ML 6531 (PDF, 373.4 KB) 19/11/2021 Fourteen (14) years 1617.99 Primary authorised mineral: Industrial mineral (Commodity: Iron - hematite); Other authorised minerals - Extractive minerals
Brooksby Civil Pty Ltd Stewart Range area, approximately 8 km northwest of Naracoorte ML 6530 (PDF, 645.6 KB) 16/09/2021 21 years 82.91 Extractive mineral - commodity: limestone

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Mineral tenements refused

ApplicantLocation Tenement class* and number Lease refusal date Area (Ha)Commodities
Triad Transport Pty Ltd Section 93, Wallaroo Area, Hundred of Wallaroo EML Application over MC 4426 10 September 2019 44.89 Limestone and sand

*Tenement class

  EML: Extractive minerals lease (prior to the introduction of the Mining Regulations 2020)
  ML: Mineral lease
  RL: Retention lease
  MPL: Miscellaneous purposes licence

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