Before making a determination, giving an authorisation or declaring by regulation a site or object under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, the Premier, as the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, must take all reasonable steps to consult with:

  • The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee; and
  • Any Aboriginal organisation, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people that, in opinion of the Minister, have an interest in the matter.

Current applications

Application for Authorisation under Section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) – Lake Frome

Applicants: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage and the University of Wollongong.
Application Type: Authorisation under section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (the Act).
Application Area: A 5 km2 area depicted in the maps provided in the Consultation Information Pack.
Activity:
The extraction of two to four core samples from Lake Frome.

The Premier, as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), has received an application for authorisation under section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (Act) from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), in conjunction with the University of Wollongong (together the Applicant). The Applicant seeks to extract two to four core samples from Lake Frome. The core samples will be extracted using a corer tube of less than 7 cm in diameter that will be pushed into the lake floor to depths of between 3m and 6m. The coring will take place at locations to be agreed upon with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association within a 5km2 area.

Lake Frome is an Aboriginal cultural site. The Applicant seeks authorisation under section 23 of the Act to authorise potential damage, disturbance and/or interference with Aboriginal sites, objects and/or remains in relation to proposed coring activities at Lake Frome.

For further information relating to this application, refer to the ‘Consultation Information Pack’.

Lake Frome Consultation Information Pack (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Please call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) on (08) 8226 8900 if you wish to request a hard copy of the Consultation Information Pack.

Consultation and submissions

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisation, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to take all reasonable steps to consult with the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, Traditional Owners and any other Aboriginal persons or organisation that he considers may have an interest in the matter.

Accordingly a consultation meeting was held on Thursday 1 August 2019 at the Wilpena Pound Resort, Wilpena Road (via Hawker). At the meeting, Adnyamathanha attendees requested additional time to allow for the Applicant to discuss the proposed project further with Adnyamathanha community members at a meeting to be held in Leigh Creek or Copley. Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) understands that this meeting will be coordinated by the Applicant on a date to be advised.

In recognition of this request for additional time to consider the application, AAR has extended the closing date for submissions until 5:00 pm on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Verbal and written submissions are invited from parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act.

Submissions can be lodged by calling AAR on (08) 8226 8900, writing to AAR at GPO Box 320 Adelaide SA 5001 or emailing DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au.

For more information, or to lodge a written or verbal submission, please contact AAR on (08) 8226 8900 or write to:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Postal Address: GPO Box 320 ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au