Applications for authorisation and determination

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 both:

  • the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
  • any Aboriginal organisation, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people who, in opinion of the Minister, have an interest in the matter.

Current applications for authorisation

Applicant: Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

Project: Goyder South Hybrid Renewable Energy Project

Application Area: An area of land comprising 30,000 hectares south of Burra and north of Robertstown in the Goyder Regional Council area of South Australia

Application Type: Sections 21 and 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)

The Premier of South Australia, who administers the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from Neoen Australia Pty Ltd (Applicant).

The Applicant has sought the authorisations to help authorise its proposed Goyder South Hybrid Renewable Energy Project – a large-scale, wind and solar renewable energy project connected to battery storage and the electricity grid, located some 5 km south of Burra in South Australia (Project).

Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land to uncover any Aboriginal site, object or remains (Aboriginal heritage) without the Premier’s authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage without the Premier’s authorisation.

The Project would provide energy to the Applicant’s industrial and electricity retail customers, and in emergency situations, feed power into the grid to ensure continuous power supply. The Project would involve ground-disturbing works associated with: the construction of wind turbine generators, two solar farms, two battery storage and grid connection facilities, three substations, underground cabling and overhead transmission lines, permanent operations and maintenance compounds, temporary construction compounds, access tracks and meteorological masts, landscaping, decommissioning and ancillary works.

For further information, please refer to the Applicant’s Community Information Booklet (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Copies of specialised reports and the Applicant’s Development Application Package are available at:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) is aware of at least four Aboriginal sites of significance to Aboriginal archaeology, anthropology and tradition that intersect the application area.

Consultation information pack

For detailed information about this application for authorisations, including a map of the application area, please download a copy of the consultation information pack:

Consultation and submissions

Prior to considering whether to grant any authorisation under the Act, the Premier must consult with the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people and organisations that he thinks may have an interest in the matter. Accordingly, verbal and written submissions are now invited from parties who satisfy these requirements.

In order to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19, no public consultation meeting will be held for this application. AAR will liaise with the Applicant to facilitate teleconferences with consultees upon request.

Submissions can be lodged until Thursday 27 January 2022. For further details, please call (08) 8226 8900.

When making a submission, consultees should consider and provide responses to the following key questions:

  1. Should the authorisations sought be granted to the Applicant? Why or why not?
  2. If granted, what conditions (if any) should be put on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Premier should consider in this application?

If you are an Aboriginal person with an interest in the application area, you are strongly encouraged to make a submission about the application before the consultation closing date.

The consultation period closes on Thursday 27 January 2022.

For information about previous applications, please call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on (08) 8226 8900.