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Resource Magnetite (Fe3O4), Copper (Cu), Gold (Au)

In June 2014 Termite Resources NL (Termite), the entity which owns the Cairn Hill mine, appointed Ferrier Hodgson as Administrator (appointed Liquidators).

In December 2014, Ferrier Hodgson advised the Government of South Australia that a conditional sale agreement was executed with a buyer.

The Government of South Australia is working with the new owner, Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Ltd, as they work towards the recommencement of mining operations at Cairn Hill.

StatusCare and maintenance
Mining operation

Open pit

Location 55 km south east of Coober Pedy, 16 km from the Stuart Highway and 90 km from the Wirrida Sidingcairn_hill_blue on the Tarcoola to Alice Springs railway 
Tenement information

Download map showing location of Cairn Hill tenements via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit The Cairn Hill ore bodies occur within deformed Paleoproterozoic iron-rich sediments in the Mount Woods Inlier in the northern Gawler Craton
Resource estimates and production statistics

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).

Approval process

Mining lease granted April 2008. In October 2017, the Government of South Australia approved the revised program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for the Cairn Hill Mine, allowing for the extension to the operations.

Mining lease proposal

Documents and reports 

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) 

Mining compliance report

For more information, contact:

For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact the Mining Regulation Branch
Phone: + 61 8 8429 2583