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Resource Zinc (Zn)
CompanyPerilya Freehold Mining Pty Ltd
Status Care and maintenance
Mining operation

The Beltana Mine is an open cut mining operation with previous crushing of ore on site, the site also crushed ore from several nearby satellite deposits within 15 km of Beltana in the Northern Flinders region.

Mining and crushing operations were completed at the Beltana Mine in February 2008, ahead of schedule and under budget. Production for the short campaign totaled 316 400 t of zinc silicate producing 101 385 tonne of contained zinc, a much higher volume than initially proposed as a suitable market was found for lower grade ore. Two shipments to Chinese customers occurred in late 2007.

On 24 January 2008 Perilya signed a 2 year supply agreement with a Chinese company Padaeng Industry Public Co. for the sale of 60,000 tonnes high grade ore and 50,000 tonnes low grade ore from Beltana. Sales of stockpiled ore were completed in mid-2010.

beltana_blue8 km south east of Leigh Creek, 520 km north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges
Tenement information

The Beltana Zinc Mine is comprised of:

  • 3 mineral lease tenements - ML 4369, 4370 and 4371
  • a miscellaneous purpose licence MPL 85
  • 3 retention leases - RL 5, 6 (Beltana) and 7 (Aroona Zinc Mine).

The mine/deposit is frequently named Beltana-Aroona due to a second occurrence, the Aroona Mine, located 10.3 km to the NW.

Download map showing Beltana Zinc Mine tenements via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG).
The deposit

The mineralisation is hosted stratigraphically at the top of a Cambrian limestone unit and has been subject to intense dolomitisation and ferruginsation.

Resource estimates and production estimates

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).

Approval process

A mining and rehabilitation plan (MARP) was approved in 2007 and an amendment to this MARP was approved in 2009. MARPs are now deemed to be programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPRs).

Documents and reports 

Mining and rehabilitation program (MARP)

Note: Following amendments to the Mining Act 1971 which came into force on 1 July 2011, mining and rehabilitation programs (MARPs) will be replaced by programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPRs). Previously approved MARPs will be deemed to be PEPRs.

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For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact the Mining Regulation Branch
Phone: + 61 8 8429 2583