Programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) and mine operation plans (MOP)
All mining operations are regulated through approved programs. Mining leases (MLs/EMLs) and miscellaneous purposes licences (MPLs) must be operated in accordance with an approved program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR), while operations on a private mine must be in accordance with an approved mine operations plan (MOP).
When a ML or MPL is granted the tenement holder must submit a PEPR within the required timeframe specified in the lease conditions. Operations cannot commence until an approved PEPR is in place.
MOPs must be prepared in accordance with the regulatory guideline MG12: Mine operations plans:
PEPRs must be prepared in accordance with the relevant terms of reference:
- Terms of Reference 002 - Extractive mineral quarry PEPRs (PDF 444 KB)
- Terms of Reference 005 - Metallic and industrial mineral PEPRs (PDF 464 KB)
Further information on PEPRs and MOPs can be found on the Regulatory guidelines page of this website.
A list of PEPRs and MOPs approved in the last 12 months can be found in the table below.
|Program type||Approved program||Tenement holder or Operator||Tenement number||Commodity or Resource||Location||Approval date and letter|
|PEPR||Hayes Pit||S. C. Heinrich & Co Pty Ltd||ML 6538||Limestone||Bowillia area - approximately 21km southwest of Clare|
|PEPR||Ausmin Development Pty Ltd||ML 6495||Graphite||Approximately 12 km west of the coastal township of Arno Bay||24/11/2022|
|PEPR||Kalkaroo Copper Pty Ltd||ML 6498, ML 6499, ML 6500, MPL 158 & MPL 159|
Approximately 122km northwest of Broken Hill.
|PEPR/MOP||Southern Quarries Pty. Ltd.||EML 6035, EML 6519, PM 243 & PMA 243|
Construction Materials; Sand
Approximately 136km north of Adelaide
|PEPR||Brooksby Civil Pty Ltd||EML 5829||Limestone & Granite||Approximately 2km NW of Padthaway SA||18/11/2022|
|PEPR||Murray Zircon Pty Ltd||ML 6137|
Zircon, Ilmenite, Rutile, Leucoxene and Monazite
|Approximately 150 km east of Adelaide in the Murray Mallee Region|
|PEPR||Nyrang Sand Pit||Michael George Seelander|
Approximately 3.5 km from Angaston
|PEPR||Blanchetown Gypsum Mine||Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd||ML 653, ML 657 etc & |
EML 6169, EML 6170 etc
|Limestone, Industrial Minerals, Gypsum||Approximately 12km east of Blanchetown.|
|PEPR||Mindarie Mineral Sands||Murray Zircon Pty Ltd||ML 6137||Heavy Mineral Sands||Approximately 150 km east of Adelaide in the Murray Mallee Region||07/10/2022|
|PEPR||Honeymoon Uranium Mine||Boss Uranium Pty Ltd||ML 6109, MPL 15, MPL 64||Uranium||Approximately 75 km north west of Broken Hill||04/10/2022|
|PEPR/MOP||Tom’s Phosphate Mine||Newtech Minerals Pty Ltd||PM 315||Phosphate|
Approximately 7 kilometres east of Kapunda
|PEPR||McGillivray Sand Pit (PDF 33.7 MB)||Stephen Zealand & W K Zealand & Co Pty Ltd||EML 4832, EML 6139||Sand||Approximately 19 km southeast of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island.||20/09/2022|
|PEPR||Chapmans Rubble||Swan Earthmovers Pty Ltd||EML 6329||Calcrete, Limestone||Approximately 4km south of Tailem Bend||16/09/2022|
|PEPR||Kiroka Quarry (PDF 2.57 MB)||Robert Hagerstrom||EML 6259||Sand, Limestone||Kangaroo Island, 27km south-west of Penneshaw||12/09/2022|
|PEPR||Tooperang Sand Pit||Mark Steen Meyer||EML 5331||Sand||12 km southeast of Mount Compass||02/09/2022|
|MOP||Callington Quarry||Southern Contracting Group Pty Ltd||PM 238||Dolomite||2 km southwest of Callington||30/06/2022|
|PEPR||Mountain of Light Copper Mine (PDF 84.5 MB)||Leigh Creek Copper Mine Pty Ltd||ML 5467||Copper||3 km southeast of the township of Copley||29/06/2022|
|PEPR||Ceduna Quarry (PDF 1.2 MB)||Triad Transport Pty Ltd||EML 5630, EML 6053||Limestone, calcrete||Approximately 12 km southeast of Ceduna||13/04/2022|
|PEPR||Bull's Comaum Sand Pit (PDF 3.8 MB)||Bull Bros Pty Ltd||EML 5110||Sand||Approximately 22 km northeast of Penola||07/03/2022|
|PEPR||Prominent Hill Mine (PDF 203.4 MB)||
Prominent Hill Operations Pty Ltd
|ML 6228 and others||Copper, gold, silver||Approximately 115 km southeast of Coober Pedy||01/03/2022|
|PEPR||Stewart Range Quarry (PDF 1.1 MB)||Brooksby Civil Pty Ltd||EML 6530||Limestone||Stewart Range area, approximately 8 km northwest of Naracoorte||25/02/2022|
|PEPR||Buzzard Iron Ore Project (PDF 13.0 MB)||Central Iron Pty Ltd||ML 6531||Iron ore||McDouall Peak area, approximately 115 km south-southeast of Coober Pedy||18/02/2022|
Note: All MOPs received prior to the implementation of the new Mining Act and regulations effective 1 January 2021 are listed for reference only, the associated documentation is not publicly accessible. MOPs received after 1 January 2021 are listed above inclusive of documentation.
Previously approved PEPRs can be accessed via the following:
- Georeference section of the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)
- South Australia Mining Register
Change to a mining operation
If a change to existing operations or circumstances is proposed within an existing mining tenement, the tenement holder must submit a change in operations application in accordance with:
A list of change in operation approvals approved in the last 12 months can be found in the table below.
|Approved program||Tenement holder or Operator||Tenement number||Requested change||Location||Approval date|
|Farrell Flat Quarry||S.C. Heinrich & Co Pty. Ltd||EML 6198||Change of lease condition||Approximately 11 km east of Clare||9/09/2022|
|Kulpara Quarry||Kara Resources Pty Ltd||EML 6180, EML 6179, EML 6074||Change to authorised operation|
Proposed change public assessment report
|Approximately 100 kilometres North-West of Adelaide||11/7/2022|
|Bugle Hut||Stoney Pinch Pty Ltd||EML 6490||Change (addition) in the mineral to be recovered||Pike River area, approximately 11 km south-southeast of Renmark||09/05/2022|
|Blanchetown Gypsum Mine||Adelaide Brighton Cement Ltd||ML 5961||Change to a lease term or condition||Approximately 6.8km east of Blanchetown||25/01/2022|
All associated documentation can be accessed via the South Australia Mining Register.