Applications for authorisation and determination

Before making a determination, giving an authorisation or declaring by regulation a site or object under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, who is responsible for this Act, must take all reasonable steps to consult with both:

  • the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
  • any Aboriginal organisation, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people who, in opinion of the Minister, have an interest in the matter.

Current applications for authorisation


W. K. Zealand & Co. Pty. Ltd.


Kangaroo Island MacGillivray Sand Mine

Application Area

The whole of the land comprised in Extractive Minerals Leases 4832 and 6139 located east of South Coast Road and north of Veitchs Road in the suburb of MacGillivray on Kangaroo Island

Application Type

Sections 21 (excavate) and 23 (damage, disturb, interfere)

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from W. K. Zealand & Co. Pty. Ltd.

The Applicant seeks authorisations under sections 21 (excavate) and 23 (damage, disturb, interfere) of the Act from the Minister to help authorise sand mining operations at an existing quarry, some 20 km southwest of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.

The quarry is located east of South Coast Road and north of Veitchs Road in the suburb of MacGillivray. It is on Crown land under the care, management and control of the Minister for Energy and Mining, zoned for mining and surrounded by farmland.

Although there is no native title determination or claim over any part of Kangaroo Island, Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Kaurna and Narungga peoples all assert traditional interests over the island.

Aboriginal Heritage

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation’s (AAR’s) central archives contain records for one Aboriginal site within the quarry: MacGillivray archaeological site 6426-4691.

Heritage assessments in the past two years have also identified heritage within the application area.

Given this, and despite the application area's long history of sand mining, AAR considers it very likely that other surface and sub-surface archaeology still exists within it.

Consultation and submissions

Prior to the Minister considering whether to grant any authorisation under the Act, section 13 requires him to consider the views of the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, Traditional Owners and any other interested Aboriginal parties.

Accordingly, your views about the application are sought if you meet these requirements.

When making a submission, consider and respond to the following key questions:

  1. Should the authorisations sought by the Applicant be granted? Why or why not?
  2. If granted, what conditions, if any, should be put on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Minister should consider in this application?

For detailed information about this application and the authorisation process, including a map of the application area, download the consultation information pack (PDF, 3.6 MB).

If you are an Aboriginal person with an interest in the application area, you are strongly encouraged to make a submission about the application before the consultation closing date.

The consultation period closes on Thursday 1 September 2022.

A public meeting about the application will be held from 10am on Saturday 13 August 2022 at the Encounter Centre at 42 Armstrong Road, Victor Harbor SA 5211.

A light lunch will be provided for attendees during that meeting. If you wish to attend, for catering purposes please RSVP to AAR.

RSVPs, all consultation feedback or requests for further information should be directed to:

Mr Peter Kapiris
Senior Project Officer (Heritage), AAR
Mail: GPO Box 464, ADELAIDE SA  5001
Telephone: (08) 8303 0742

For information about previous applications, please call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on (08) 8226 8900.