South Australian Petroleum Exploration and Production Agreement

Date: 6 April 1998
Sub Category:Exploration Agreement (Native Title Act)
Place:Marla Region
State/Country:South Australia, Australia
Subject Matter:Mining and Minerals | Employment and Training | Education | Compensation | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Petroleum
Summary Information:
Parties to the agreement are Hemley Exploration, the Yankuntjatjara Council, Antakiringa Land Management Aboriginal Corporation, and the native title claimants (representing Yankunytjatjara and Antakiringa people living on the Aboriginal Lands in Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and elsewhere in the State of South Australia). Aboriginal communities reached agreement with Hemley Exploration Pty Ltd, an Australian based US oil company, allowing petroleum exploration and production on two adjoining native title claims on pastoral lands in the north of the State. This is the first agreement in South Australia between native title applicants and an oil company.
Detailed Information:
The petroleum licence area, covering nearly 11,000 square kilometres, is near Marla on the eastern border of the Aboriginal Lands and is over sections of four pastoral leases. With the agreement, the oil company has the right to explore for resources and to go into production if successful, while the Aboriginal communities have the right to compensation and protection of sites of significance. It is proposed in the agreement that an advisory committee representing the company and the native title claimants will make recommendations about opportunities for employment and appropriate training for Yankunytjatjara and Antakiringa people. The company has been committed to minimising disturbance to the traditional lands and the way of life of the native title applicants in the area. All non-Aboriginal employees and personnel will receive instruction on aspects of Yankunytjatjara and Antakiringa traditions, history and culture. Resources and professional support were provided to the Antakiringa Land Management Aboriginal Corporation by the Native Title Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc and to the Yankunytjatjara Council by the Pitjantjatjara Council of Alice Springs.

Related Entries

  • Hemley Exploration Pty Ltd - Signatory
  • Yankuntjatjara Council - Signatory
  • Antakarinja Land Management Aboriginal Corporation - Signatory
  • Pitjantjatjara Council
  • Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc
  • People
  • Antakirinja People - Signatory
  • Yankunytjatjara People - Signatory

  • Glossary

    Exploration Agreement (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia) | Future Act Agreement (Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)) (Australia)