Skip to content

Coompana Drilling and Geochemistry - precompetitive geoscience data releases ¦  Statute Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018 introduced into Parliament ¦  From Monday 13 August Mineral Resources Division will relocate to level 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000

On this page

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)

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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

Back to top

Areas released


Application open dates (Application week): 06 August 2018 to 10 August 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 990 - Download map (PDF) Rex Minerals (Iron Ore) Limited 5070 Kooralla area - approx 15 km East of Cowell 42 km2 24/10/2017 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018 Franklin Harbour Wetland of National Importance
ERA 991 - Download map (PDF) Rex Minerals (SA) Pty Ltd         5133 Port Pirie area - approx. 240 km north of Adelaide 72 km2 02/08/2017 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018 Upper Spencer Gulf Wetland of National Importance
ERA 992 - Download map (PDF) GBE Exploration Pty Ltd 5231 Binda Bounda area - approx. 150 km east-southeast of Coober Pedy 352 km2 02/05/2018 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018 Woomera Prohibited Area; Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 993 - Download map (PDF) DiamondCo Limited 5780 Nilpinna area - approx. 105 km southeast of Oodnadatta 66 km2 13/05/2018 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 994 - Download map (PDF) Curnamona Energy Pty Limited 5965 Billeroo area - approx. 100 km north of Olary 129 km2 05/06/2018 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018 Far North Wells Area

Back to areas released listing

Application open dates (Application week): 03 September 2018 to 07 September 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 995 - Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5710 Waurea area - approx. 165 km NE of Streaky Bay 978 km2 04/02/2018 to 02/09/2018 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018 -
ERA 996 - Download map (PDF) Mark Filsell
Ian Filsell
Zurich Resources Pty Ltd
5250 Hallett Area - approx. 50 km north of Burra 103 km2 23/05/2018 to 02/09/2018 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018 -
ERA 997 - Download map (PDF) Hamelin Gully Pty Ltd 5976 Bendleby area - approx. 105 km NE of Port Augusta 968 km2  23/06/2018 to 02/09/2018 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018 Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone
ERA 998 - Download map (PDF) Kelaray Pty Ltd 5796 Petermorra Creek area - approx. 166 km NE of Marree 997
km2
02/06/2018 to 02/09/2018 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018 Strzelecki Regional Reserve; Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Strzelecki Creek Wetland of National Importance
ERA 999 - Download map (PDF) Kelaray Pty Ltd 5798 Lake Blanche area - approx. 134 km SW of Moomba 997 km2 02/06/2018 to 02/09/2018 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018 Strzelecki Regional Reserve; Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Strzelecki Creek Wetland of National Importance; Great Artesian Basin Springs

Application open dates (Application week): 01 October 2018 to 05 October 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 1000 - Download map (PDF) Archer Energy and Resources Pty Ltd 4869 Ediacara area - approx. 40 km SW of Leigh Creek 646 km2 10/05/2017 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone; Edicara Conservation Park
ERA 1001- Download map (PDF) GMS Drilling Pty Ltd 5993 Coomooroo area - approx 15 km NW of Orroroo 278 km2 19/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 n/a
ERA 1002 - Download map (PDF) Uranium Generation Pty Ltd 5809 Mount Lyndhurst area - approx. 90 km SE of Marree 454 km2 04/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1003 - Download map (PDF) Lymex Tenements Pty Ltd 5836 Hillside area - approx. 90 km NW of Port Lincoln
157 km2
25/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 County Musgrave Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1004 - Download map (PDF) S Uranium Pty Ltd 5440 Murninnie area - approx. 40 km SW of Whyalla 38 km2 08/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 n/a
ERA 1005 - Download map (PDF) Blackfire Resources Pty Ltd & Wentworth Metals Group Pty Ltd 5648 Wilkowie area - approx. 70 km SE of Marree 196 km2 17/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1006 - Download map (PDF) Blackfire Resources Pty Ltd; Wentworth Metals Group Pty Ltd 5649 Mundowdna area - approx. 20 km SE of Marree 217 km2 17/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 1007 - Download map (PDF) Blackfire Resources Pty Ltd; Wentworth Metals Group Pty Ltd 5650 Mount Bray area - approx. 100 km north of Coober Pedy 161 km2 17/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1008 - Download map (PDF) Blackfire Resources Pty Ltd; Wentworth Metals Group Pty Ltd 5651 Hammond area - approx. 45 km east of Port Augusta 41 km2 17/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 n/a
ERA 1009 - Download map (PDF) Archer Energy and Resources Pty Ltd 5909 Carrieton area - approx. 70 km ENE of Port Augusta 183 km2 17/07/2018 to 30/09/2018 01/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone