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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 are released.

Note that the Minister for Mineral Resources 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.

View released areas (downloads preset map showing the Mineral Tenements>Exploration Release Areas layer in the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).

Listing of released areas

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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 applicant wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application using a smart pre-populated online form. This is accessed via SARIG (the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver).

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 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by facsimile to +61 8 8463 3101
  • by email to dsd.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): 6 March 2017 to 10 March 2017

ERA number and map Former holder Former EL Locality Area km2 Moratorium period Open for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 835 - Download map (PDF) Tianda Uranium (Australia) Pty Ltd 5524 Hamilton Creek area - approx 119km north of Marla 219
km2
17/12/2016 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 836 - Download map (PDF) FMG Resources Pty Ltd 5749 Billa Kalina area - approx 100 km NW of Roxby Downs 60
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 837 - Download map (PDF) Sandfire Resources NL 5668 Weetulta area - approx 20km south of Moonta 122
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Nil
ERA 838 - Download map (PDF) Vale Australia EA Pty Ltd 5225 Giddi Giddinna Creek area - approx 40 km NW of Coober Pedy 180
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 839 - Download map (PDF) Yunnan International Mining Investment Corp Pty Ltd 5569 Tallaringa area - approx 145km west of Coober Pedy 903
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

Tallaringa Conservation Park

ERA 840 - Download map (PDF) NOVEC Pty Ltd 5752 Bendigo area - approximately 220km NNE of Adelaide. 273
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Nil
ERA 841 - Download map (PDF) Cauldron Energy Limited
KORES Australia Marree Pty Ltd
Posco Daewoo Australia Pty Ltd
Resources Investments (Marree) Pty Ltd
5788 Camp Hill area - approximately 130 km east of Marreea 760
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 842 - Download map (PDF) Cauldron Energy Limited
KORES Australia Marree Pty Ltd
Posco Daewoo Australia Pty Ltd
Resources Investments (Marree) Pty Ltd
5789 Blanchewater Hill area - approximately 130 km ENE of Marree 809
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 843 - Download map (PDF) Centrex Metals Limited 5712 Dutton Bay area - approximately 90 km south of Kimba. 31
km2
12/01/2017 to 05/03/2017 06/03/2017 to 10/03/2017 Nil

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Application open dates (Application week): 3 April 2017 to 7 April 2017

ERA number and map Former holder Former EL Locality Area km2 Moratorium period Open for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 844 - Download map (PDF) Maximus Resources Limited 5248 Welbourn Hill 2 area - approx 50 km east of Marla 97
km2
14/01/2017 to 02/04/2017 03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 Far North Protected Wells Area
ERA 845 - Download map (PDF) Piper Preston Pty Ltd 5702 Lake Macfarlane area - approx 115km NW of Port Augusta 816
km2
19/01/2017 to 02/04/2017 03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 Nil
ERA 846 - Download map (PDF) Monax Mining Ltd 5774 Punt Hill area - approx 70km SE of Woomera 594
km2
06/01/2017 to 02/04/2017 03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 Nil
ERA 847 - Download map (PDF) South Australian Iron Ore Group Pty Ltd 5170 Kimba Gap area - approx 45 km west of Whyalla 106
km2
09/02/2017 to 02/04/2017 03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 Ironstone Hill Conservation Park
ERA 848 - Download map (PDF) Flinders Mines Limited 5763 Caltowie area - approx 95km SE of Port Augusta 201km2 16/02/2017 to 02/04/2017 03/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 Nil

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Application open dates (Application week): 1 May 2017 to 5 May 2017

ERA number and map Former holder Former EL Locality Area km2 Moratorium period Open for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 849 - Download map (PDF) Piper Preston Pty Ltd 5726 Island Lagoon area - approx 150 km NW of Port Augusta 978 km2 07/02/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 850 - Download map (PDF) Filsell, Ian Robert 5081 Mt Grainger area - approx 30 km northeast of Peterborough 89 km2 05/02/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 851 - Download map (PDF) Flinders Mines Limited 5739 Mingary Creek area - approx 60 km NE of Olary 96
km2
11/02/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 852 - Download map (PDF) BHT Minerals Pty Ltd 5514 Mount Arthur area - approx 60km east of Oodnadatta 474 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 853 - Download map (PDF) Tasman Resources Limited 4857 Todds Dam area - Approx 45km W of Andamooka 118 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

ERA 854- Download map (PDF) Tasman Resources Limited 5465 Andamooka area - immediately ENE of Andamooka 12 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 855 - Download map (PDF) GBE Exploration Pty Ltd 5778 Lake Gregory area - approx 120 km NE of Marree 351 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 856 - Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5708 Nuckulla area - approx 140 km NE of Streaky Bay 692 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 857- Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5709 Glyde area - approx 155 km NE of Streaky Bay 878 km2 09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Nil
ERA 858- Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5743 Fairview area - approx 90 km NW of Kimba 182
km2
09/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 01/05/2017 to 05/05/2017 Gawler Ranges National Park

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Generic notices for ELs expiring in 2015 are given in The South Australian Government Gazette, Adelaide, Thursday 11 December 2014- see pages 6654—6659.