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Mintabie township to close following review

The State Government has decided to terminate the lease of the Mintabie township on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

In consultation with the APY Executive Board, the town will be closed and management of the area will revert to APY at the end of a 12 month notice period.

The State Government will write to the APY Executive Board in due course to provide them with 12 month's notice of the termination of the Lease.

Residents with current licences to reside in the town will be given 12 month's notice to vacate the township.

The State Government is currently working with the APY Executive Board to consider the circumstances under which current elderly residents in Mintabe could gain a 'Permit to Enter and/or Remain on the APY Lands' within the existing framework pursuant to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.

The decision to terminate the lease follows a South Australian government-led review about the operation of the township.

The review was overseen by an independent Chairperson, Mr Paul Case, and supported by the Panel. It was undertaken by the State Government in partnership with the APY Executive Board and the Commonwealth Government.

No decision has been made about the future of opal mining in Mintabie. The State Government will assess the impacts of revoking the proclamation of the Mintabe Precious Stones Field by 30 March 2018, before making a decision about its future.

A copy of the report, and the government's response, are available below.

Further information

If you would like any of the above clarified or have any further questions about mining or residing in Mintabie please do not hesitate to contact:

Melissa Muller
Principal Policy Advisor
Resource Policy and Engagement
Mineral Resources Division
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Phone: 8226 3821