South Australian Government Gazette

The official publication of the South Australian Government

Airborne Geophysical Survey

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Public Notice
Notification of Airborne Geophysical Survey in Northern South Australia

The South Australian Government, through the Geological Survey of South Australia, is about to commence an airborne geophysical survey over Regions 5, 6A, 6B, 7 and 9B, on the attached map, which are within a geological region known as the Gawler Craton.

The survey is a scientific investigation that is being undertaken in accordance with section 15 of the Mining Act 1971. The survey is scheduled to begin in March 2018 and will take up to 5 months to complete.

The survey will be performed by one of several models of fixed-wing Cessna, with a single propeller engine. The aircraft will fly approximately 60m above the ground along east-west and north-south oriented flight lines spaced 200m apart. As this is an airborne survey, there will be no on ground data collection or sampling.

The aircraft use sensors that will capture magnetic intensity, radiometric and elevation data. This information will provide a greater understanding of the composition of rocks at and beneath the earth’s surface that will help to inform natural resources management, resource potential and water research activities in the region.

The survey is being led by the South Australian Government in partnership with Geoscience Australia (part of the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science). This survey is a key program of the Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) Copper Initiative, which is part of South Australia’s Copper Strategy.

A dedicated website has been developed to inform the community about the Gawler Craton Airborne Survey. The website will provide information about aircraft activity during the survey and allows the community to subscribe to email updates on the progress of the survey. 

For further information, please contact Laszlo Katona (Project Leader – Gawler Craton Airborne Survey) on 08 8204 2853 or