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  • MANCALA RESOURCES PTY LTD DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN Burns Peak Operation Appendix E Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Report

  • Aboriginal Heritage Investigation Burns Peak Aboriginal Heritage Survey

    Orange line indicates survey area for Costean Load, red indicates other areas walked and checked for Aboriginal Cultural material

    Prepared By: Colin J Hughes Address: 209 Saddle Road Kettering Email: saho@talsc.net.au

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    Phone: 0429014533 Date: 8/08/12

    Prepared For:

    Tim Akerman Business Development Manager Mancala Pty Ltd PO Box 240 Launceston. TAS. 7250 PH: + 61 (0) 3 6334 7034FAX: + 61 (0) 3 6334 0215MOB:+ 61 (0) 419 138 251

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    Contents Summary ................................................................................................................................... 3

    Study Area and Environment ..................................................................................................... 4

    Background Research ............................................................................................................... 5

    Assessment Methods ................................................................................................................ 6

    Results ....................................................................................................................................... 7

    Discussion ................................................................................................................................. 8

    Consultation ............................................................................................................................... 9

    Legislative Framework ............................................................................................................. 11

    Recommendations ................................................................................................................... 12

    References .............................................................................................................................. 13

    Appendix A .............................................................................................................................. 14

    Project/Development Plans and Documentation ..................................................................... 14

    Appendix B .............................................................................................................................. 15

    Consultancy Brief..................................................................................................................... 15

    Appendix C .............................................................................................................................. 16

    Survey Area Map [and] Aerial Photograph .............................................................................. 16

    Appendix D .............................................................................................................................. 18

    Photographic Plates ................................................................................................................ 18

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    Summary Property Details

    Property name: Burns Peak Forest Reserve PID: Map attached

    Municipality: Waratah-Wynyard Council Address:

    Client Details

    Company Name:

    Mancala Pty Ltd 19A Hampshire Road Glen Waverley Vic 3159

    Contact Person: Tim Akerman Email: takerman@mancala.com.au

    Investigation Details

    Field Assessment by: Colin J Hughes Date:8/08/12

    Proposed Project / Development (Appendix A): Stage 1 (Costean Lode) is to re-open an existing open cut costean trench to excavate ore resources left on the floor of the trench, the ground disturbing works are to extend the existing pit out 35 metres by 8 metres wide, down to a depth of 17 metres. Also checked were areas North to Thomass Tunnel, area around the Southern Trenches open cut, and the proposed portal location for the underground development and the areas for the waste stockpile, a map showing areas walked is attached.

    Purpose of Survey (Appendix B): To ensure no Aboriginal Heritage sites are impacted by the proposed development

    Summary of Findings: No Aboriginal Sites were located

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    Study Area and Environment Investigation Area Location: North West Tas Map Sheet: Parsons

    Region: Waratah- Wynyard Grid Reference:

    Survey Size:

    Costean Lode 35 metres long by 8 metres wide Plus two areas for the waste pits

    Datum:

    Best scale map and/or aerial photograph showing survey area attached:

    Yes / No All relevant information is shown in appendix A

    If No, why? Landscape

    Vegetation: Button grass ti tree swamp heath Soil: Peat

    Disturbance:

    The area has been disturbed by various mining activities since 1896; there are numerous signs of these activities in and around the lease area.

    Past Land Use: Mining/State Forest Present Land Use: State forest Description: Button grass heath, wet sclerophyll forest, intermixed by open cut mines, tracks and various other activities associated with these mining activities.

    Landscape photographs attached: Yes / No Appendix D

    If No, why?

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    Background Research TASI Search conducted: Yes / No Date: 10/8/12

    Provide TASI numbers and discuss relevant sites to the proposed project area:

    No TASI sites are recorded close by, the closest is a Brecciated Chert Quarry at Parrawe Waratah TASI 5354 And the Parmerpar Meethaner Rockshelter in the Forth River Valley TASI 4434

    Unpublished Reports Reviewed:

    The Management of Archaeological resources forested Areas, Richard Cosgrove 1993

    Other Media Reviewed:

    Research Findings: Cosgrove states sites are most likely to be found in Rockshelters and on higher ground above button grass plains.

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    Assessment Methods

    Field Survey Methods: Walked the area on foot paying attention to any erosion and soil profiles in the existing trenches

    Justification: Best ways to conduct surveys

    Issues: None

    Ground Surface Visibility: In the new proposed area for trenching surfaces visibility was 0%. Profiles of existing open cut trenches were checked to see whether any Aboriginal Heritage Sites are present. Also checked were areas North to Thomass Tunnel, area around the Southern Trenches open cut, and the proposed portal location for the underground development and the areas for the waste stockpile, a map showing areas walked is attached the surface visibility in these areas was less that 10%

    Discussion: As the area is surrounded by Burns Peak and other hills, water from these drains down into the swampy Heath area making it an area not suitable for Aboriginal sites to be present, The wet sclerophyll forest was covered in leaf litter making it impossible to see any Aboriginal stone tools that may or may not have been present.

    Do you consider further surveying and/or archaeological investigation is necessary? Yes / No

    Why?

    The wet sclerophyll forest may have been walked through in drier times or when the area was burnt by Aboriginal people, but due to the terrain and boggy nature of button grass, camps, would have been established on the higher drier peaks surrounding the lease area.

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    Results Summary of Results: TASI: Grid References:

    Site Type: Datum: GDA94

    Description:

    Contents:

    Condition:

    Current Impacts and Suggested Mitigation:

    Do you consider sub-surface testing and/or further archaeological investigation is necessary? Yes / No

    If Yes, why?

    Photograph of Site: Yes / No Appendix D

    If No, why?

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    Discussion

    Will