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



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: EL007193

Locality of the land to which the application relates: Directly west of Graytown and within Moormbool West

Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 20

Date of the application: 23 January 2020

Term the licence is applied for: 2 years

Outline of the proposed program of work: Desktop studies, Mapping, Site Inspection, Soil Sampling, Geophysical surveys, and Drilling.


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



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:

a. 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.

b. 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


Work Program

The nature of office-based activities within the program proposed.

The initial office based work will be to review all previous exploration work. All maps & geochemical data will need to be put into MapInfo format. 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 be carried out. There is only one prospect known to occur within the licence application and it is known as Church Hill. Compiling and reviewing all the previous EL data, with all prospects previously investigated, will also be carried out. Old mine plans and Mines Department documents will also need to be compiled. Locating as many of these prospects on a map for field visits will need to be done. Further detailed work will be to focus on the prospects with previous drilling and/or trenching, with the establishment of a 3D database. According to GeoVic there was some alluvial gold exploration drilling carried out.

Access research, negotiation and approval where necessary will be required. This will apply to all the private property known prospects as well as Crown Land and especially Restricted Crown Land areas should they exist within the tenement.



The nature of all on ground exploration activities (including, for example, 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. Initially GPS controlled soil sampling and mapping will be done, depending on the level of information, accuracy and detail required. On smaller scale prospects, gridding will be required and where necessary prospect scale mapping will be undertaken.

Apart from Church Hill area, the main target for this licence is the sub alluvial hard rock potential for a perceived structural corridor underlying the Garden Hut Creek, which strikes NW to SE from Staffordshire Flat, Redcastle to Graytown and through Moormbool. This corridor will be initially investigated using soil geochemistry and possibly IP geophysics. Different types of sampling and analysis will be trialled, but likely the technology that was used to discover the Lockington prospects by Goldfields Ltd will be the main technique. The soil sampling work will define the drill targets.


The nature of all sub-surface activities (including drilling & bulk sampling)

Drilling of the targets defined by the anomalous geochemistry and mapping work will follow the surface geochemistry survey. Drilling will initially be done by percussion techniques targeting the basement below the alluvial cover. At this stage, it is not known what the thickness of the alluvial cover, but a review of previous water bores may be helpful in establishing depths to basement. Vertical or angled rotary air blast (RAB) type drilling may be the most cost-effective method of covering the anomalous areas, followed by angled RC percussion to drill deeper into basement. The scale of this work will depend entirely on the extent of the anomalous surface geochemistry.


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

Currently the focus will be on shallow open pit type gold targets of low-grade gold mineralisation, however deeper underground type operations will also be considered depending upon the scale and grade of the mineralisation.


As far as practicable, an indication of the location and focus of the proposed exercises with location maps.

The location of the main prospect is the corridor indicated by the black line in the accompanying map which is considered to be a major fault zone that is mineralized and underlies the Garden Hut creek.


A description of the geological rationale behind the proposed program.

The Staffordshire Flat alluvial gold workings at Redcastle extend for over a kilometre and within these workings are a number of hard rock workings; all of which align in a NW-SE orientation. Nearly all of which is now National Park. In order to assess the continuation of this mineralised corridor this application has been made. The influence of the Graytown goldfield may be significant upon the mineralisation inferred to be present within this Staffordshire Flat fault zone.

At Redcastle there are a large number of gold-stibnite vein deposits of epizonal style mineralisation. These are considered a key to finding more Fosterville or Costerfield type deposits. Major regional scale faults are also important in order to get a deposit of significant size. The epizonal deposits are considered highly prospective for both low grade gold open pit and underground high-grade gold targets as at Costerfield and Fosterville.


A proposed timing schedule for the exploration program

The first year will largely be spent carrying out reconnaissance, ground checking, familiarisation and most importantly 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.



Community Engagement & Environment Strategy for EL007193

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.

Consent will be sought from the landowners 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.