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


Applicant: Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Project: Development of Lot 707, Bedford Park SA 5042 (CT5658/449 – Deposited Plan D51254 Allotment 707)

The Premier of South Australia, as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act) from Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (KYAC). Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land to uncover any Aboriginal site, object or remains without authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage without authorisation.

Lot 707 is an undeveloped 5.8 hectare plot of land located between Marion, Main South and Sturt Roads in Bedford Park, Adelaide. The land intersects an Aboriginal archaeological site known as Warriparinga Site 1 (Central Archive site number 6627-4180). The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) currently owns the land. Pending subdivision, the proposed development will comprise the following components: large-scale development within two allotments, a proposed road corridor and an Aboriginal elders care village.

ILSC advises that the Aboriginal elders care village will provide independent living options for elderly Aboriginal people within Adelaide. ILSC advises that it intends to divest the Aboriginal elders care village land to an as yet unknown Aboriginal corporation prior to construction commencing, as required by its governing legislation. ILSC advises that it will work with KYAC to invest the net proceeds of the sale of the remaining land (4.3 Ha in total) into commercial property assets that will generate ongoing rental revenue to benefit Kaurna people. This is subject to KYAC achieving the authorisations sought and the completion of a contract for the sale.

KYAC seeks authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act to allow future owners or occupiers of the land to undertake ground-disturbing activities, including large-scale earth-moving works; trenching and boring activities; construction of buildings and roads; and the installation of services, pier footings and associated infrastructure for a period of 30 years. Any heritage discoveries made during the construction works will be managed respectfully in accordance with a Cultural Heritage Management Plan currently in preparation by ILSC and KYAC.

Consultation Information Pack

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

Consultation and Submissions

Prior to considering the application, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to take all reasonable steps to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee and any Aboriginal persons or organisations that, in his opinion, may have a particular interest in the matter.

A consultation meeting will be held from 10:00 am on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga Drive, Bedford Park SA 5042. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided for attendees. If you wish to attend the meeting, it would be appreciated if you could RSVP to AAR on (08) 8226 8900 as soon as possible.

The Premier also invites parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act to submit verbal and written submissions in relation to the application. The closing date for submissions is Monday 3 February 2020 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, or to lodge a written or verbal submission, please contact:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

Department of the Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 320
Tel: 8226 8900