The Premier of South Australia, responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application, under section 23 of the Act, from Leigh Creek Energy Limited to support its in-situ gasification project and other activities within the Leigh Creek Coalfields, SA.
The application area covers all the areas within the following licences:
- Petroleum Retention Licence 247
- Petroleum Production Licence 269
- Associated Activities Licence 292.
You can find out more about petroleum licences on the Department for Energy and Mining website.
Section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or ancestral remains without authorisation.
The central archives, which include the Register of Aboriginal Sites and Objects, are maintained by Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) on behalf of the Premier.
The central archives contain no records for Aboriginal sites within the application area. However, the Leigh Creek Coalfields contain an Aboriginal heritage site that holds specific cultural significance to Adnyamathanha people for its associations with the Yurlu (Yulu) Kingfisher storyline.