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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 have been released.

Note that the Minister for Energy and Mining 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 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by email to dem.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

An ERA application must be accompanied by the statutory EL application fee (PDF).

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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): 07 October 2019 to 11 October 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1089 - Download map (PDF)BRRS Mining Pty Ltd6193Wilmington area - approx. 30 km east of Port Augusta328 km209/07/2019 to 06/10/201907/10/2019 to 11/10/2019Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone
ERA 1090 - Download map (PDF)Tasman Resources Ltd5849      Arcoona area - approx. 140 km NNE of Port Augusta149  km231/07/2019 to 06/10/201907/10/2019 to 11/10/2019Nil

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Application open dates (Application week): 04 November 2019 to 08 November 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1074 - Download map (PDF)Flinders Power Partnership4258Port Wakefield area - approx. 50 km NW of Two Wells969 km211/07/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019Bowmans Lignite Deposit (Southern)
ERA 1075 - Download map (PDF)Flinders Power Partnership4258Bumbunga area - approx. 30 km N of Port Wakefield529  km211/07/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019Lochiel Lignite Deposit (part) (Northern)
ERA 1076 - Download map (PDF)Flinders Power Partnership4845Bumbunga Lake area - immediately NE of Lochiel889 km211/07/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019Lochiel Lignite Deposit (part) subsurface rights only - Lake Bumbunga
ERA 1091 - Download map (PDF)Yandan Gold Mines Pty Ltd5813Yankaninna area - approx. 60 km NE of Leigh Creek14503/09/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1092 - Download map (PDF)Yandan Gold Mines Pty Ltd6209Dawson area - approx. 60 km NE of Jamestown309  km203/09/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019-
ERA 1093 - Download map (PDF)Chilake Resources Pty Ltd6225Wonna area - approx. 40 km east of Jamestown95  km215/08/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019-
ERA 1094 - Download map (PDF)BRRS Mining Pty Ltd6231Willippa area - approx. 100 km NNW of Yunta26 km223/08/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019-
ERA 1095 - Download map (PDF)BRRS Mining Pty Ltd6233Minvalara area - approx. 90 km ENE of Port Pirie312  km223/08/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019-
ERA 1096 - Download map (PDF)BRRS Mining Pty Ltd6234Yarrah area - approx. 40 km NE of Port Augusta279  km223/08/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class A/B Zone
ERA 1097 - Download map (PDF)Marmosa Pty Ltd6125Kaiton area - approx. 100 km NW of Adelaide28 km227/08/2019 to 03/11/201904/11/2019 to 08/11/2019-

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