Are there any known Aboriginal sites within the Application Areas?

    AAR’s central archives hold records for 6 Aboriginal sites within the Application Areas. In addition, AAR holds information relating to another Aboriginal site within one of the Application Areas, that has not yet been added to the central archives. The general location of these sites can be found on our map.

    These seven sites are of significance to Aboriginal archaeology, anthropology or tradition. Please refer to the Consultation Information Pack for information about the known Aboriginal sites within the Application Areas.

    How does the Applicant intend to manage Aboriginal heritage while undertaking the mineral exploration activities?

    To minimise the potential impacts to Aboriginal heritage during the Project, the Applicant proposes to implement the following measures:

    • request AAR to deliver a legislative awareness session to the Applicant’s management team for the Project
    • ensure Aboriginal cultural awareness training is a compulsory part of staff inductions
    • conduct drilling with minimal ground disturbance using low environmental impact methods, within the constraints of an approved Exploration Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation.
    • conduct a detailed review of all the public consultation submissions received from consultees during AAR’s section 13 consultation process
    • inspect potential drill sites for evidence of Aboriginal objects, prior to the commencement of any works
    • take necessary measures to avoid impacts to reported Aboriginal heritage, including relocating planned drill holes, wherever possible
    • if avoidance of heritage at a given location cannot be guaranteed, based on the available information and the activity being an essential Project component, a qualified archaeologist/anthropologist will be engaged to assist in the development of a tailored strategy to minimise any potential impact. This will be based on the outcomes of the Applicant’s review of all the public consultation submissions received during AAR’s section 13 consultation process
    • develop additional heritage management protocols as necessary to address any other specific requirements of the authorisation, if granted. These protocols will be applied for the duration of the Project and will form part of the induction package for all staff and contractors
    • if any Aboriginal heritage is discovered during the Project, comply with AAR’s Aboriginal Heritage Discovery Protocols.

    Please refer to the Consultation Information Pack for detailed information about the Applicant’s proposed measures to manage Aboriginal heritage within the Application Areas.

    Will there be a public meeting to discuss this proposal?

    Due to public health considerations, no public consultation meeting will be held for this application. AAR may be able to facilitate teleconferences with the Applicant upon request. Submissions can be lodged until Thursday 30 September 2021

    For further details, please call (08) 8226 8900 or visit dpc.sa.gov.au/heritage-applications.