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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.

A map of South Australia showing the exploration release areas is available via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

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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 application wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application using a smart pre-populated online form. This is accessed via SARIG.

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 dpc.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): 02 April 2018 to 06 April 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 961 - Download map (PDF) Musgrave Minerals Limited 5175 Echo Hill area - approx 100 km NW of Marla 1908 km2 18/01/2018 to  01/04/2018 02/04/2018 to 06/04/2018

APY Lands

ERA 962 - Download map (PDF) Mingoold Gold Pty Ltd 5700 Kootaberra area - approx 60km NNW of Port Augusta 548 km2 18/01/2018 to 01/04/2018 02/04/2018 to 06/04/2018 -

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Application open dates (Application week): 07 May 2018 to 11 May 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 965 - Download map (PDF) SA Exploration Pty Ltd 5540 Wilmington area - approx 50 km SE of Port Augusta 131 km2 08/03/2018 to 06/05/2018 07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area (Environmental Class B)
ERA 966 - Download map (PDF) Hutchens, Matthew Fenton 5190 Eighteen Mile Hut area - approx 75 km WSW of Olary 307 km2 08/03/2018 to 06/05/2018 07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018 -
ERA 967 - Download map (PDF) Hutchens, Matthew Fenton 5309 Barney Bore area - approx 140 km NE of Coober Pedy 36 km2 08/03/2018 to 06/05/2018 07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells area (GAB)

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Application open dates (Application week): 04 June 2018 to 08 June 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 963 - Download map (PDF)Renascor Resources Ltd5859Western Lake Gairdner area - Approx 100 km SE of Tarcoola421 km221/02/2018 to 03/06/201804/06/2018 to 08/06/2018Geological Monument (Kokatha)
ERA 964 - Download map (PDF)Minotaur Operations Ltd5905Narlaby area - approx 90 km NE of Streaky Bay203 km208/03/2018 to 03/06/201804/06/2018 to 08/06/2018-
ERA 968 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Hiltaba Area – approx. 110 km northeast of Streaky Bay 958 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Yellabinna Regional Reserve
ERA 969 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Narlaby Area – approx. 80 km northeast of Streaky Bay 887 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Yellabinna Regional Reserve (part)
ERA 970 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Kokatha Area – approx. 190 km northeast of Streaky Bay 731 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 971 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Lake Everard Area – approx. 140 km northeast of Streaky Bay 960 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Pureba Conservation Park (part)
ERA 972 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Yellabinna Area – approx. 120 km northeast of Streaky Bay 1,062 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 973 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Pinjarra Station Area – approx. 100 km northeast of Streaky Bay 673 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 974 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Lake Everard Area – approx. 120 km northeast of Streaky Bay 724 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Pureba Conservation Park (part)
ERA 975 - Download map (PDF)Pure Manganese Pty Ltd5391West Lake Blanche area - approx 120 km NE of Marree377 km226/03/2018 to 03/06/201804/06/2018 to 08/06/2018Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 976 - Download map (PDF)Alloy Resources Pty Ltd5577Martins Well area - approx 130km SE of Leigh Creek614 km212/03/2018 to 03/06/201804/06/2018 to 08/06/2018-
ERA 977 - Download map (PDF)Uranium Generation Pty Ltd5192Yerelina Area - approx 90 km NE of Leigh Creek470 km211/03/2018 to 03/06/201804/06/2018 to 08/06/2018Far North Prescribed Wells Area

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Application open dates (Application week): 02 July 2018 to 06 July 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 933 - Download map (PDF) Thornton Metals Pty Ltd 5609 Bindyi area – approx. 15 km north and 55km northwest of Yunta 714 km2 24/11/2017 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018

Nil

ERA 934 - Download map (PDF) Thornton Metals Pty Ltd 5610 Manna Hill area - approx 45km southwest of Olary 153 km2 24/11/2017 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Nil
ERA 935 - Download map (PDF) Thornton Metals Pty Ltd 5611 Bindyi area - approx 90km WNW of Olary 104 km2 24/11/2017 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Nil

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