Sleaford sand mine proposed

A long-term sand quarry capable of operating for more than 50 years has been proposed on a farming property at Sleaford to capitalise on the 950,000-tonne sand reserve at the site.

Local company Theakstone Sands is applying for a lease to mine about 5000 to 10,000 tonnes of sand a year on a property on Fishery Bay Road that was previously used for primary production.

The proposed 'Koodinga Sands One' quarry would mine an area of 36.29 hectares and the company would rehabilitate the area and minimise erosion during and after the project.

A Department for Energy and Mining spokesperson said the company was applying for an extractive minerals lease application about 20 kilometres from Port Lincoln.

"The sand from the quarry is intended (to) be used for pipe laying, building and road construction," the spokesperson said.

"The proposed quarry is estimated to have a life of more than 50 years depending on production rates and resource recovery.

"The public can still contact the applicant or the Department for Energy and Mining if they have any questions about the application or regulatory process."

The application proposes between one and five 10 to 30-tonne trucks each day transporting the sand from the quarry along an existing farm track connected to Fishery Bay Road.

The quarry could operate from Monday to Saturday from 8am until 5pm.

Existing native vegetation would not be cleared and there would be no excavation within at least a five metre buffer zone of the vegetation.

Stakeholders such as the Department of Transport and Infrastructure, Department of Water and Natural Resources, the Nauo Native Title Claimant Group and nearby land owners have been consulted about the proposal.

The Lower Eyre Peninsula Council was invited to make a submission and works manager Gary Jutzen said the main impact on council infrastructure would be to the unsealed Fishery Bay Road.

"The main impact of this mining operation will be on Fishery Bay Road and less on other roads that are further away from the mining site," he said.

"Compensation will be required in order to account for additional maintenance requirements and depreciation of the asset.

"Apart from compensation, other conditions should be applied such as not carting in wet road conditions that could potentially damage a rubble road."

The council will decide on how much Theakstone Sands would be required to pay annually to cover "wear and tear" on the road at its council meeting on Friday.

The public consultation period to comment on the proposal ended on July 11 but people can still contact the applicant or the Department for Energy and Mining with any questions about the application. For further information on the mine proposal visit