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 AUTHORISATIONS UNDER SECTIONS 21 AND 23 OF THE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1988 (SA)

Applicant: City of Onkaparinga
Project: Wearing Street Aquatic and Arts Precinct Redevelopment
Application Area:Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga SA 5167
Application Type: Authorisations under sections 21 & 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988

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 the City of Onkaparinga. 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. The application has been lodged in relation to the proposed redevelopment of the Wearing Street Aquatic and Arts Precinct (Project).

The Project area is located at the intersection of Wearing Street and the Onkaparinga River, Port Noarlunga. It is bounded by Mann Street to the north and Saltfleet Street to the east. The Applicant advises that the application area measures approximately 17,229 square metres in total. The Applicant has described the Project area as a recreational precinct containing facilities designed for public use and enjoyment of the Onkaparinga River and its surrounds.

Ground-disturbing activities associated with the Project include the removal and replacement of existing infrastructure; relocation of an existing retaining wall along the Onkaparinga River; installation of new viewing platforms and shelters; demolition of existing buildings and construction of new buildings; installation of a new riverfront carpark; tree planting and landscaping; creation of additional car parking on Wearing and Mann Streets, and other upgrades to Mann Street.

The Applicant has advised that the public benefits associated with the Project include: increased functionality of the area and access to the river; improvement of current facilities and amenities; better accommodation for local aquatic clubs and the Department for Education’s aquatics program facilities, and improvements to vehicle access and parking. The Applicant also expects that the Project will support tourism and local businesses.

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 Information Pack (PDF, 7.0 MB)

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.

In order to minimise the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the public consultation meeting for the Wearing Street Aquatic and Arts Precinct Redevelopment that was originally scheduled for Tuesday 31 March 2020 at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre has been cancelled.

The Premier invites parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act to submit verbal and written submissions in relation to the application. The consultation period remains unchanged and closes at 5pm on Friday 17 April 2020.

While no consultation meeting will be held for this application, AAR will endeavour to contact consultees with a known interest in the area prior to the closure of the consultation period. If you do not receive a telephone call, but 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 5pm Friday 17 April 2020.


APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATIONS UNDER SECTIONS 21, 23 AND 29(1)(B) OF THE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE ACT 1988 (SA)

Applicant: The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Project: Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project
Application Area: Port Wakefield Highway, Copper Coast Highway, Princes/Augusta Highway, Balaklava Road and Port Wakefield township.
Application Type: Authorisations under sections 21, 23 and 29(1)(b) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988

The Premier of South Australia, as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21, 23 and 29(1)(b) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act) from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Sections 21, 23 and 29(1)(b) of the Act, respectively, make it an offence to undertake the following without authorisation: excavate land for the purposes of uncovering Aboriginal heritage; damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage, and remove an Aboriginal object from the state.

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to the proposed Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project (Project). The application area measures approximately 6.5 km in length, encompassing the Port Wakefield, Copper Coast and Augusta Highways, Balaklava Road and part of the Port Wakefield township.

Ground-disturbing activities associated with the Project include the construction of new roads and the realignment of existing roads; excavation of trenches for services; drainage network upgrades; excavation for piles and/or footings, and the construction of a two-lane overpass. Project works along the Wakefield River will include construction of new river culverts; excavation of the river bed and banks, and excavation associated with the construction of two new road bridges over the river.

The Applicant has advised that the Project is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian governments which is aimed at improving traffic flow and reducing congestion for road users, particularly during peak travel times. Additionally, the Project aims to both improve safety for road users and to increase freight productivity along the Port Wakefield Highway.

While the Applicant has advised that it will make every effort to avoid impacting Aboriginal heritage, two reported Aboriginal archaeological sites will likely be impacted by the Project works. The Applicant will engage Traditional Owners during the Project to ensure that Aboriginal heritage is managed in a culturally appropriate manner.

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 Information Pack (PDF, 9.4 MB)

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.

Accordingly, the Premier invites parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act to submit verbal and written submissions in relation to the application no later than 12pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

In order to minimise the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), no public consultation meeting for this application is scheduled. However, AAR will endeavour to contact consultees 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 12pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

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

Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies

Under section 19B of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee) decides the appointment of Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies (RARBs). As a matter of policy, the Committee seeks the views of interested Aboriginal parties on the fact that a body corporate has expressed an interest in being appointed as the RARB for an area, or specific Aboriginal site(s), object(s) or remains.

Current expressions of interest for RARB appointment

The Dieri Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) (PDF, 626.0 KB)