Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Sacred Mound Springs

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().28 September 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Energy and Mining has advised:

Section 9 of the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 applies the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1979 to BHP's Olympic Dam operations in the Olympic Dam area or the Stuart Shelf area.

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 applies for the mound springs located outside of the defined Stuart Shelf area, such as those surrounding Lake Eyre/Kati Thanda.

BHP has confirmed it would like to transition Aboriginal cultural protection management from the 1979 Aboriginal Heritage Act to the 1988 Aboriginal Heritage Act for Olympic Dam activities within the Stuart Shelf Area and Olympic Dam area.

The government looks forward to engaging with BHP on how to best achieve this for the future.