Lightening our exploration footprint
National Reconciliation Week celebration.
In keeping with this year’s theme ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’, the Mineral Resources Division hosted an event to share the history behind the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library collection of geological samples recovered from over 130 years of exploration. Titled ‘Modern Management for an Ancient Resource’, a key message was how modern management practice enables us to lighten the footprint of exploration on country. The drill core samples, which are available to view and analyse, can provide essential clues about the geological history of South Australia as well as indicators for new mineral and energy resource discoveries.
Visitors were treated to fossil and mineral displays, forklift and HyLoggerTM demonstrations, and presentations on SARIG and the Geological Survey of South Australia’s search for paleochannels in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Visitors included the Chairman of the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Law and Culture Committee and family members, members of the public, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation staff, and senior students from the Wiltja School. Wiltja students are APY teenagers from remote communities in the Far North West, who attend a residential school in Adelaide for their secondary education.
Fittingly, the event coincided with the first official public viewing of the newly installed paintings by the Tjungu Palya arts collective celebrating the goodwill between APY and Mineral Resources and Energy Resources divisions.
– Heidi Crow