Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 – Section 15(5)

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 – Regulation 22(1) and Schedule 1


1. Name and address of applicant(s):

Currawong Resources P/L

c/- PO Box 440, Hove, SA 5048

Mobile: 0429 787 593


2. Contact phone number of applicant (for map and other requests):

Melissa Say, Authorised Agent (as employee of Australian Mining & Exploration Title Services) Mobile: 0429 787 593 Email: 


3. Applicant’s Website (see notes) Further information about this application is available at the following website: https://www.amets.com.au/victoria-tenements


4. Details of the application:

Application number: EL007045

Locality of the land to which the application relates: Approximately 12km east of Daylesford with the town of Trentham located within the northeast of the licence area

Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 36

Date of the application: 11 November 2019

Term the licence is applied for: 5 years

Outline of the proposed program of work: Desktop study, Mapping, Sampling, Drilling, Resource assessment


5. Objections:

Any person may object to a licence being granted by:

a.    putting the objection in writing; and

b.    including the grounds on which it is made


Objections must be lodged within 21 days after the latest date on which the application was advertised and can be lodged online or posted to:


The Minister for Resources

c/- Team Leader Licensing, Earth Resources Regulation, GPO Box 2392 MELBOURNE 3001.


It is recommended that objections are lodged online to ensure timely consideration:



Enquiries can be made by writing to the Manager Licensing at the above address or by phoning the Earth Resources Information Centre on 1300 366 356.


6. Other information:

  1. Subject to other requirements being satisfied, an exploration licence, if granted, entitles the holder of the licence to explore and search for minerals in the relevant land, but does not entitle the holder to undertake mining.
  2. Further information regarding the requirements that must be complied with prior to work being undertaken is available on the department’s Community & Land Use page: https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/community-and-land-use



The Work Program

A proposed timing schedule for the exploration program

The first year will largely be spent accumulating information of past work and putting that into a usable format. Reconnaissance will also occur for ground checking, familiarisation and signature definition through geochemical sampling.

The development of drill targets will begin, and it is expected that a drilling program would be carried out in the second year. Further drilling and possible resource definition drilling would commence in years 3, 4 and 5.

The nature of office-based activities within the program proposed

The initial office-based work will be to review all previous exploration work. The information gathered will then need to be interrogated and reviewed for prospect generation. This will include a regional review of all stream sediment data, as well as an historic mining review.

The historic mining review of the various prospects within the licence application will need to be very comprehensive to fully understand the history of each prospect. This will mean compiling and reviewing all the previous EL data, with all prospects previously investigated. A review of all previous production will also be undertaken to understand the scale of each prospect and the depths that they were mined to, as well as reviewing old mine plans and Mines Department documents. Locating as many of these prospects on a map for field visits will need to be done.

Access research, negotiation and approval where necessary will be required. This will apply to all the private property known prospects as well as any on Crown Land.

The nature of all on ground exploration activities (e.g. geological mapping, geophysical surveys etc)

Upon completion of the office-based work, opportunities for further exploration will be investigated, with site inspection and reconnaissance mapping. This review will be used to prioritise targets.

Previous survey and local grid mapping and information will also need to be checked using GPS. Gridding will be required and where necessary prospect scale mapping will be undertaken.

Soil and rock chip sampling will be done where the potential for widespread gold mineralization is inferred. In doing this work drill targets will be defined.

The nature of all sub-surface activities (e.g. drilling, bulk sampling, etc)

Drilling of all the best targets defined in the reconnaissance and mapping work will follow. Drilling will initially be done by percussion techniques looking for shallower mineralization.

Metallurgical test-work may be carried out on drill cuttings as well, where the focus is for flotation or for gravity recovery of the gold.

A description of the nature of the targets that the program seeks to delineate

The focus will be for underground style high grade gold or low-grade open cut deposits, which depends upon the topography and the location of the deposit and associated environmental sensitivities.  

The company is especially interested in the potential for deep underground mining projects given the sensitive nature of some of the areas and their proximity to towns and the populace.

Following a compilation of all the information relevant to the Trentham prospects, a review of the economic aspects of each deposit will be undertaken.

The Community Engagement Strategy for Currawong Resources EL007045

Currawong Resources is committed to identifying and communicating with its stakeholders, particularly landowners and occupiers who may be directly or indirectly affected by exploration activities. 

Consultation with the relevant land managers/owners early in the planning process will ensure that all relevant community stakeholders are identified.  A register of community contacts will be recorded throughout the life of the exploration licence.

Most of the licence is on Crown Land and will not affect local residents.  Consent will be sought from the landowner before any activities are undertaken on their land.  No direct ground exploration activities will be undertaken within built-up township areas. 

Currawong will listen to and address the concerns of the community regarding exploration activities and will work with landowners when planning activities to ensure landowners are not disadvantaged or inconvenienced.

For any questions or concerns stakeholders may have regarding this EL application, please contact us on the number listed in the above notice.

Currawong Resources is committed to minimising or where possible avoiding environmental impact and will work in accordance with the Guidelines as determined by the Victorian Government and will facilitate effective rehabilitation of all disturbed areas.  No wetlands, waterways or lakes will be impacted by exploration activities.