Recent release: Mining proposal and PEPR templates for quarries with defined impacts
Prospective miners applying for small scale quarry operations may now be able to use a mining proposal template to apply for an extractive minerals lease (EML).
Extractive minerals include sand, gravel, stone, shell or clay when used generally for construction purposes, but excludes these materials if they are used for industrial, agricultural and ornamental (dimension stone) uses. This includes exclusions for some clay (fireclay, bentonite or kaolin).
Mining extractive minerals
Obtaining approval to mine in South Australia is a two stage process.
Before mining extractive minerals prospective miners must apply for an extractive minerals lease (EML). An EML application consists of the relevant fee, a completed Form 10 and a mining proposal as per section 35 of the Mining Act 1971.
The mining proposal provides:
- a description of the existing environment
- proposed mining methods
- details of community consultation
- a description of the potential impacts and suggests environmental outcomes to be achieved based on these impacts.
The minimum amount of information required for a mining proposal to be deemed adequate by the Minister is outlined in Ministerial Determination 003.
Following grant of an EML applicants must submit a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR). The minimum amount of information required for a PEPR to be deemed adequate by the Minister is outlined in Ministerial Determination 002.
The grant of an EML only grants mining tenure over the area identified. It does not provide authority to mine.
To apply for an EML for small scale quarry operations with defined impacts using the template, applicants must first determine whether their proposed mining operation is considered eligible against a set of criteria. The criteria are available for completion online on the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).
Only applicants successful in meeting the eligibility criteria will be able to download the mining proposal template.
Applicants who have used the template and been granted an EML will be able to use the corresponding PEPR template.
Submissions that closely follow process outline in the Minerals Regulatory Guideline Guidelines for miners: Preparation of a mining proposal/program for environment protection and rehabilitation for quarries in South Australia with defined impacts (available soon) will result in a streamlined assessment of both the Mining Proposal and PEPR, enabling mining to commence in a timely fashion.