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BHP's planned Olympic Dam expansion to increase output of copper ¦ Amendments to exclusion periods for WPA access zones, issued February 2019 ¦ Mineral Resources Division is now based at level 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000

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About ERAs

An expired, fully surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence area may be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 29(1a) of the Mining Act 1971 that the areas shown in the tables below have been released.

Note that the Minister for Energy and Mining may also, at various times to be notified, consider exploration licence applications over areas previously held by the Department (e.g. Mining Act Section 15 areas). Should this occur the exploration release areas will be listed here.

A map of South Australia showing the exploration release areas is available via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

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Submitting applications

Applications may be submitted during the application week by completing and lodging the application online, or downloading and completing a PDF or editable word document.

Completing and lodging applications online

The ERA application wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application using a smart pre-populated online form. This is accessed via SARIG.

Downloading application forms

You can also download and complete an Application for Mineral Exploration Release Area - Form29ERA:

Downloaded complete applications can be submitted by one of the following means:

  • in person to Level 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by facsimile to +61 8 8463 3101
  • by email to dem.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

An ERA application must be accompanied by the statutory EL application fee.

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More information

More information about exploration release areas (ERAs) and the application process

A list of ERAs including former tenement holder and status of the ERA is available for download as Information sheet M53: Mineral exploration release areas (ERAs) (PDF) Updated daily

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Areas released


Application open dates (Application week): 03 June 2019 to 07 June 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1040 - Download map (PDF) Uranium Generation Pty Ltd 5375 Mount Freeling area - approx. 125 km NE of Leigh Creek  74 km2 05/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Flinders Development Plan - Enviroment Class B Zone
Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1041 - Download map (PDF) Australian Metals Group Limited 5424  Wilgena area - approx. 30 km north of Kingoonya 6 km2 10/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 1042 - Download map (PDF) Australian Metals Group Limited 5425 Kingoonya area - approx. 70 km ESE of Tarcoola 121 km2 10/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 1043 - Download map (PDF) Resources SA Pty Limited 6138 Anna Creek area - approx. 75 km SE of Oodnadatta 203 km2 22/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
Great Artesian Basin Mould Springs
ERA 1044 - Download map (PDF) Sherlock Minerals Pty Ltd 5385 Keilira area - approx. 60 km WNW of Naracoorte 160 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1045 - Download map (PDF) Sherlock Minerals Pty Ltd 5386 Keilira area - approx. 60 km WNW of Naracoorte 44 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Lower Limestone Coast Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1046 - Download map (PDF) Yunnan International Mining Investment Corp Pty Ltd 5698 Mabel Creek area - approx. 90 km SW of Coober Pedy 69 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1047 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 6034 Penong area - approx. 80 km west of Ceduna 691 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Chadinga Conservation Park (part)
Yumbarra Conservation Park (part)
ERA 1048 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 6047 Yantanbie area - approx. 105 km ESE of Ceduna 959 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Pureba Conservation Park (part)
Gawler Ranges Conservation Park (part)
ERA 1049 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 6048 Gawler Ranges area - approx. 45 km north of Wudinna 101 km2 27/03/2019 to 02/06/2019 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019 Gawler Ranges National Park

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Application open dates (Application week): 01 July 2019 to 05 July 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1050 - Download map (PDF) Alliance Craton Explorer Pty Ltd5961Cunyarie area - approx. 120 km west of Whyalla40 km210/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 -
ERA 1051 - Download map (PDF) Endeavour Copper Gold Pty Ltd5990Mulgathing aea - approx. 40 km west of Tarcoola130 km210/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 -
ERA 1052 - Download map (PDF) Terramin Australia Limited5985Langhorne Creek area- approx. 10 km east of Strathalbyn76 km210/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019River Murray Water Protection Area
Angas-Bremer Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1053 - Download map (PDF)Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Limited6011Lake McFarlane area - approx. 130 km NW of Port Augusta714 km210/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1054 - Download map (PDF)Australian Metals Group Limited5595Wilgena area - approx. 25 km NNW of Kingoonya21 km212/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 1055 - Download map (PDF)Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd5639Ooldea area - approx. 210 km NW of Ceduna782 km212/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019Yellabinna Regional Reserve
Nullarbor Regional Reserve
ERA 1056 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6076Nonning area - approx. 130 km WNW of Port Augusta371 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019
ERA 1057 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6077Yardea area - approx. 200 km WNW of Port Augusta971 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1058 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6078Moonaree area - approx. 215 km WNW of Port Augusta688 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1059 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6079Moonaree area - approx. 190 km WNW of Port Augusta816 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1060 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6093Wartaka area - approx. 70 km west of Port Augusta716 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1061 - Download map (PDF)Menninnie Metals Pty Ltd6094Siam area - approx     90 km west of Port Augusta379 km217/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1062 - Download map (PDF)Renascor Resources Limited6190Bindarrah area - approx. 50 km NE of Olary35 km201/05/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019-
ERA 1063 - Download map (PDF)Yandan Gold Mines Pty Ltd5946Meadows area  approx. 35 km SE of Adelaide101 km220/04/2019 to 30/06/201901/07/2019 to 05/07/2019River Murray Water Protection Area
McLaren Vale Prescribed Wells Area

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