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ResourceConstructions materials: Sand, Shale and Clay

The private mines and leases within the Golden Grove Extractive Industries Zone (GGEIZ) are held by a number of companies:

Mining operation

Sand mining commenced at Golden Grove in 1947. All  mining in the GGEIZ is by open cut method. The GGEIZ supplies clay and shale to the two brick making plants, CSR Building Products & Hallett Brick, and also produces glass grade sand for the glass industry at Gawler. Two companies mine and wash sand to supply different grade to the market. The GGEIZ employs hundreds of people directly and indirectly and contributes to the economy, by paying royalties for every tonne mined and sold. 

The GGEIZ was developed in 1993 and was reviewed in 2002 after extensive consultation with major stakeholders to address the issue of long-term sand and clay mining in close proximity to residential areas to ensure the mutual co-existence of users. The GGEIZ makes a significant contribution to the Adelaide region with the supply of construction materials.

LocationGolden Grove, 18 km north east of Adelaidegolden_grove_blue
Tenement information 

The zone consists of 9 private mines and 2 extractive mineral leases; private mines 32, 56, 71, 76, 81, 118 and 206 and extractive mineral leases 5892 and 5893.

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The deposit 

The Golden Grove Deposit contains fluvio-lacustrine sand, shale and clay of late Middle Eocene age.

Resource estimates and production estimates Production statistics are available from Operating mines and quarries of South Australia.
Approval process 

All Private Mines operate in accordance with Mine Operation Plans (MOPs). Under Section 73Q of the Mining Act 1971 a MOP is not available for public inspection, however, an extract of the Objectives and Criteria are available to a person upon application.

The extractive Mineral Leases operate in accordance with the Programs for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR). 

Documents and reports

Publicly available documents relevant to the project can be accessed via the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).

Community engagement 

Community Working Group

The Department of State Development (DSD) supports the establishment of the Golden Grove Extractive Industries Community Working Group, unanimously supported by Tea Tree Gully Council at its meeting on 29 April 2014.

The working group consists of representatives from the community, Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department of State Development, Tea Tree Gully Council, and the GGEIZ. 

The Department of State Development is committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the development and achievements of mutually acceptable outcomes. 

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Community Working Group Meeting - 23 February 2015

Community Working Group Meeting - 3 July 2014


For more information, contact:

For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact: Mining Regulation
Mineral Resources
Dept for Energy & Mining
Phone: 8429 2583