Mintabie residents with a valid resident’s licence are encouraged to apply for authorisation to remain in the town, until control is formally transferred to APY on 30 June 2019.
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said he has given written notice to the APY of termination of the Mintabie Township Lease, which is expected to take effect on 30 June 2019. This notice formalises the decision made and announced by the former State Government in February 2018.
“Mintabie was originally established to solely service the accommodation needs of opal miners,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.
“A 2017 report found the Mintabie arrangements were producing unacceptable impacts for Anangu, and recommended that the Mintabie Township Lease be terminated.
“I urge those people authorised to live in the town to consider applying for authorisation to remain living at Mintabie until 30 June 2019.
“Anyone who wishes to visit or reside in Mintabie after June 2019 needs to liaise directly with the APY about potential future permission.”
Government officers, including representatives from the Department for Energy and Mining, Housing SA, SA Police, Country Health SA and Centrelink, will visit Mintabie in the coming weeks to meet with residents.
Consultation will continue with Mintabie opal miners and residents, the APY Board, relevant opal miners’ associations and other key stakeholders about the future of the Mintabie Precious Stones Field.