Flinders Project

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Are you a Traditional Owner or Aboriginal person with an interest in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia?

What's being decided?

We want to hear from you about a proposal from Strikeline Resources Pty Ltd (Applicant) to help it undertake mineral exploration, and associated activities, approximately 26 km west of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

If approved under the Act, the Project would include:

  • exploration drilling
  • geophysical surveys
  • soil and rock chip sampling
  • geological mapping
  • creation of drill pads and access tracks
  • maintenance and modification of existing drill pads and access tracks
  • installation of sumps
  • vegetation clearing
  • rehabilitation works.

Your views will help the Premier decide whether to authorise potential excavation, damage, disturbance or interference with Aboriginal heritage that may occur as a result of this proposal.

Background

The Premier of South Australia, who is responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from the Applicant.

Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, object or remains (Aboriginal heritage) without authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage without authorisation.

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to its proposed Flinders Project (Project). Broadly, the Project involves mineral exploration and associated activities over two (2) separate exploration zones within Exploration Licence 6362 (Application Area). You can view the maps of the Application Areas.

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisations, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee), and other Aboriginal parties that he thinks may have an interest in the matter.

Get involved

If you are a Traditional Owner or an Aboriginal person with an interest in the Application Area, please read the Consultation Information Pack and consider the following three questions:

  1. Should the authorisations be granted to the Applicant? Why or why not?
  2. If the authorisations are granted, what conditions, if any, should be placed on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

If you wish to learn more about this Project, or lodge a submission, please contact:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
T: (08) 8226 8900
E: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au
P: GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001

See the Consultation Information Pack for further details on how to lodge a verbal or written submission.

Submissions must be received by AAR by Thursday 30 September 2021.

What are the next steps?

Unless otherwise requested, consultees submissions will be forwarded to the Applicant for comment. Once the public consultation period has closed, submissions and the Applicant’s comments about them will be forwarded to the Committee. The Committee’s own views about the Project will then be sought. AAR will collate consultee submissions, the Applicant’s responses to them, the Committee’s advice, and its own recommendations to the Premier within a single brief to assist him to make a final decision about the application.

Are you a Traditional Owner or Aboriginal person with an interest in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia?

What's being decided?

We want to hear from you about a proposal from Strikeline Resources Pty Ltd (Applicant) to help it undertake mineral exploration, and associated activities, approximately 26 km west of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

If approved under the Act, the Project would include:

  • exploration drilling
  • geophysical surveys
  • soil and rock chip sampling
  • geological mapping
  • creation of drill pads and access tracks
  • maintenance and modification of existing drill pads and access tracks
  • installation of sumps
  • vegetation clearing
  • rehabilitation works.

Your views will help the Premier decide whether to authorise potential excavation, damage, disturbance or interference with Aboriginal heritage that may occur as a result of this proposal.

Background

The Premier of South Australia, who is responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from the Applicant.

Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, object or remains (Aboriginal heritage) without authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage without authorisation.

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to its proposed Flinders Project (Project). Broadly, the Project involves mineral exploration and associated activities over two (2) separate exploration zones within Exploration Licence 6362 (Application Area). You can view the maps of the Application Areas.

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisations, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee), and other Aboriginal parties that he thinks may have an interest in the matter.

Get involved

If you are a Traditional Owner or an Aboriginal person with an interest in the Application Area, please read the Consultation Information Pack and consider the following three questions:

  1. Should the authorisations be granted to the Applicant? Why or why not?
  2. If the authorisations are granted, what conditions, if any, should be placed on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

If you wish to learn more about this Project, or lodge a submission, please contact:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
T: (08) 8226 8900
E: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au
P: GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001

See the Consultation Information Pack for further details on how to lodge a verbal or written submission.

Submissions must be received by AAR by Thursday 30 September 2021.

What are the next steps?

Unless otherwise requested, consultees submissions will be forwarded to the Applicant for comment. Once the public consultation period has closed, submissions and the Applicant’s comments about them will be forwarded to the Committee. The Committee’s own views about the Project will then be sought. AAR will collate consultee submissions, the Applicant’s responses to them, the Committee’s advice, and its own recommendations to the Premier within a single brief to assist him to make a final decision about the application.

  • Consultation extension

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    The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) commenced a consultation process about this project on Tuesday 24 August 2021. AAR’s consultation period was due to close on Thursday 30 September 2021; however, following a request from an interested Aboriginal party, AAR decided to extend the consultation period until Friday 5 November 2021.

    A public consultation meeting will now be held from 5:00 PM on Wednesday 27 October 2021, in the Flinders Room of the Central Oval Community Sporting Hub 10 Augusta Terrace, Port Augusta SA 5700. If you plan to attend the meeting, or wish to take part remotely, please RSVP to AAR as soon as possible.

    If you would like to make a submission or attend the public meeting, please contact:

    Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
    T: (08) 8226 8900
    E: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au
    P: GPO Box 2343, ADELAIDE SA 5001

    See the Consultation Information Pack for further details on how to lodge a verbal or written submission.

    Submissions must be received by Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) by Friday 5 November 2021.

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