Resource and location

  • Construction materials: sand, shale and clay
  • Golden Grove, 18 km north east of Adelaide

Company and tenement information

The Golden Grove Extractive Industries Zone (GGEIZ) zone consists of 9 private mines (PM) and 1 extractive mineral lease (EML), held by the following companies:

Tenement information can be found on the  South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG). [Note: Optimal performance for SARIG is provided by Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.]

Mining operation and status

  • Currently operating
  • Sand mining commenced at Golden Grove in 1947
  • All mining in the GGEIZ is by open cut method
  • The GGEIZ supplies clay and shale to the two brick making plants, Hallett Brick Pty Ltd and PGH Bricks and Pavers, and also produces glass grade sand for the glass industry at Gawler
  • Two companies mine and wash sand to supply different grade to the market
  • The GGEIZ employs hundreds of people directly and indirectly and contributes to the economy, by paying royalties for every tonne mined and sold. It makes a significant contribution to the Adelaide region with the supply of construction materials
  • The GGEIZ was developed in 1993 and reviewed in 2002 after extensive consultation with major stakeholders to address the issue of long-term sand and clay mining in close proximity to residential areas to ensure the mutual co-existence of users

The deposit

The Golden Grove Deposit contains fluvio-lacustrine sand, shale and clay of late Middle Eocene age.

Resource estimates and production estimates

Production statistics are available from Operating mines and quarries of South Australia.

Approval process

All private mines operate in accordance with mine operation plans (MOPs). Under Section 73Q of the Mining Act 1971 a MOP is not available for public inspection, however, an extract of the objectives and criteria are available to a person upon application.

The extractive mineral leases operate in accordance with the programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR).

Documents and reports

Publicly available documents relevant to the project can be accessed via the SARIG.

Community engagement

The Golden Grove Extractive Industries Community Working Group is supported by the Government of South Australia and the Tea Tree Gully Council.

The working group consists of representatives from the community, Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department for Energy and Mining, and the GGEIZ.

The South Australian Government is committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the development and achievements of mutually acceptable outcomes.

Complaints line
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GGEIZ committee meetings
Most recent meeting was held on 16 August 2018.