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:

  • 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 for authorisation

APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION UNDER SECTION 23 OF THE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1988 (SA)

Applicant: Kelaray Pty Ltd
Project: Lake Torrens Murdie Exploration Program
Application Area: a portion of the Lake Torrens lakebed including adjacent nearshore and onshore areas and a southern portion of Andamooka Island
Application Type: Authorisation under section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)

The Premier of South Australia, as the Minister responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisation under section 23 of the Act from Kelaray Pty Ltd (Applicant).

Section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or remains (Aboriginal heritage) without authorisation.

The Applicant has sought the authorisation to enable mineral exploration activities at Lake Torrens, South Australia. The application area is located approximately 70 km south-east of Roxby Downs. The whole of Lake Torrens, including Andamooka Island, is recorded on the Central Archive as a site of significance according to Aboriginal tradition and anthropology.

The Applicant’s proposed exploration activities at Lake Torrens are authorised by Exploration Licences 5937 and 5945. The authorisation is sought for the area within those licences that overlaps the Aboriginal site (Application Area). The Applicant’s proposed exploration activities are separated into the following:

  • Nearshore Program Area: the area of the Lake Torrens lakebed extending up to 500 metres from the lake’s shoreline towards the middle of the lake
  • Offshore Program Area: all areas of the Lake Torrens lakebed that are more than 500 metres from the Lake Torrens shoreline, including Murdie Island and any other smaller islands within the lake
  • Onshore Program Area: the area of land extending 500 metres inland from the lake’s shoreline and the southern part of Andamooka Island.

The exploration activities within the Application Area will involve gravity in-fill surveys; deep diamond exploration drilling; upgrading existing access tracks; creation of new access tracks; drilling for water bores; construction of a new exploration camp on Andamooka Island; vegetation clearing; the construction of multiple lake access points; and subsequent rehabilitation works.

Consultation Information Pack

For further information relating to this application, please download a copy of the Consultation Information Pack, or call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) on (08) 8226 8900 to request a hard copy.

Consultation Information Pack (PDF, 3.4 MB)

Consultation and submissions

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisation sought, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal parties that may have an interest in the matter. Accordingly, verbal and written submissions are invited from these parties. In line with social distancing requirements, no public meeting will be held for this consultation.

Submissions can be lodged until 5:00 pm on Thursday 23 July 2020. For further details, please call AAR on (08) 8226 8900. Aboriginal people with an interest in this matter are encouraged to contact AAR to learn more about the proposal and to lodge a submission.

AAR will endeavour to contact Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal parties with a known interest in the area prior to the closure of the consultation period. If you do not receive a telephone call but you would like to learn more about the application, or wish 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
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 320
ADELAIDE  SA  5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

The consultation period closes at 5:00 pm on Thursday 23 July 2020.


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