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 application for authorisation

Applicant: Strikeline Resources Pty Ltd

Project: Flinders Project

Application Area: Two separate exploration zones within Exploration Licence 6362, located within Partacoona Station in the Flinders Ranges, approximately 26 km west of Hawker.

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

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

The Applicant has sought the authorisations to help enable its proposed Flinders Project (Project). Broadly, the Project involves mineral exploration and associated activities on two parcels of land within Exploration Licence 6362.

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

If the Project is approved under the Act, ground-disturbing mineral exploration activities associated with the Project will include exploration drilling; geophysical surveys; soil and rock chip sampling; geological mapping; creation of drill pads and access tracks; maintenance and modification of existing drill pads and access tracks; installation of sumps; vegetation clearing; and rehabilitation works.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) holds records for seven Aboriginal sites within the application area. They are sites of significance to Aboriginal archaeology, anthropology or tradition.

Consultation information pack

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

Stikeline Resources – Flinders Project Consultation Information Package (PDF, 14.4 MB)

Consultation and submissions

Before considering whether to grant any authorisations under the Act, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, and other Aboriginal people or 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.

AAR officers are available to answer any queries regarding the application, and can record verbal submissions at times convenient to consultees. If you have any questions about this letter, or would like to make a submission, please call AAR on (08) 8226 8900, or write to:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 2343
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

Extension to consultation period and public meeting

The consultation period was originally scheduled to close on Thursday 30 September 2021. However, following a request from an interested Aboriginal party, AAR has decided to extend the consultation period until Friday 5 November 2021.

In addition, a public consultation meeting will be held from 5:00 PM on Wednesday 27 October 2021, in the Flinders Room of the Central Oval Community Sporting Hub – 10 Augusta Terrace, Port Augusta SA 5700.

If you wish to attend the meeting, please RSVP as soon as possible by calling (08) 8226 8900, emailing DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au or texting 0409 509 245. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, but would like to participate remotely, please register your interest using the contact details above.
The consultation period now closes on Friday 5 November 2021.

The consultation period now closes on Friday 5 November 2021.


Applicant: City of Onkaparinga

Project: Witton Bluff Base Trail and Tutu Wirra Reserve Works

Application Area: Portion of the coastline, cliffs and cliff base (including Witton Bluff) west of The Esplanade between Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga, and the northern section of the Tutu Wirra Reserve in Port Noarlunga.

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

The Premier of South Australia, who is responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from the City of Onkaparinga (Applicant).

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to its proposed Witton Bluff Base Trail west of The Esplanade between Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga, and the installation of fitness equipment at the Tutu Wirra Reserve in Port Noarlunga.

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 proposed activities involve: upgrading an existing path; modifying sections of an existing seawall including excavation and removal of sand and importation of rocks; constructing a new elevated platform suitable for wheelchair access, walking and cycling; installing footings, including into a limestone shelf; installing fencing, viewing areas, pedestrian/cyclist access connections to adjoining shared paths, signage, public art, trail lighting and furniture and gates; landscaping and revegetation; installing fitness equipment in the northern section of the Tutu Wirra Reserve.

The base trail project area intersects two asserted Aboriginal sites of significance to Aboriginal anthropology and tradition.

Consultation information pack

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

Witton Bluff Base Trail Project and Tutu Wirra Reserve Works (PDF, 19.4 MB)

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.

Due to public health considerations, no public consultation meeting will be held for this application. However, AAR may be able to facilitate teleconferences with the Applicant, upon request.

Submissions can be lodged until Thursday 4 November 2021. 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 imposed 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 areas, you are strongly encouraged to make a submission about the application before the consultation closing date.

The consultation period closes on Thursday 4 November 2021.


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