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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 Department of State Development (DSD) that a conditional sale agreement was executed with a buyer.

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

Status Operating
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).

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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. Revised MARP (now deemed a PEPR) approved November 2008. Mine commenced production in December 2010.

Note: Amendments to the Mining Act 1971 which came into force on 1 July 2011 replaced mining and rehabilitation programs (MARPs) with programs for environment protection and rehabilitation programs (PEPRs). Previously approved MARPs are now deemed to be PEPRs.

Documents and reports 

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) 

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Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact the Mining Regulation Branch
Phone: + 61 8 8463 3484