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):

Paul R. Lester

c/- PO Box 440, Hove, SA 5048.  Mobile: 0429 787 593


2. Contact details of applicant (for map and other information 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 websites: www.amets.com.au/victoria-tenements and earthresources.vic.gov.au/licenceapplications  


4. Details of the application:

Application number: EL007204

Locality of the land to which the application relates: Approx. 40km west of the Hopetoun township and approx. 12km west of the township of Yaapeet.  

Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 6

Date of the application: 14 July 2020

Term the licence is applied for: 5 years

Outline of the proposed program of work: Desktop studies, mapping, soil sampling, assaying, post hole boring or pit sampling.


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/- Manager 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



Application for Exploration Licence - Work Program

Paul Lester


This application is being made by Mr. Paul Lester.  It covers 6 graticules and the target mineral is gypsum.

The work that is proposed on this exploration licence application is designed to determine whether there are economic deposits of gypsum, suitable for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of the proposed exploration licence. There has been a number of mining tenements over the area which is within or closely aligned to this exploration area. The previously mined areas can be seen on the aerial photograph.

The applicant proposes to sample the area using a post hole borer on the back of a tractor or a small backhoe to obtain samples in pits. It is proposed that samples will be taken down to a depth of 4 to 5 meters.

All holes will be logged and the collars recorded on a plan.

The samples will be sized and assayed for gypsum and from that information, a resource will be able to be calculated.

It is anticipated that approximately 100 test holes will be initially put down on a 200 meter grid. Depending on the results of this work and the interpretation of the data, in-fill drilling down to 50 meters will take place to confirm the grade, friability and contaminant occurrence in the ore.  For agricultural gypsum, a low salt content is highly desirable.

Should there prove to be a sufficiently economic resource identified by this exploration program, the licensee will then progress to a mining tenement and mineral production.


Work program over 5 years

Year 1               - Map the surface geology of the tenement area

                        - Plan the sampling program

Year 2               - Conduct sampling program

                        - analyse and interpret assay results

                        - plan infill sampling program based on initial program results

Year 3               - Conduct infill sampling program

                        - analyse and interpret assay results

Year 4               - assess the economic viability of the resource

                        - conduct further infill sampling if required

Year 5               - refine the resource

                        - Apply for a mining licence


Community Engagement Strategy

There is a legal requirement, S. 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 for a licensee to consult with the community. The provision reads:-

A licensee has a duty to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence by—

                          (a)  sharing with the community information about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community; and

                          (b)  giving members of the community a reasonable opportunity to express their views about those activities.


In addition, there is a strong moral and ethical case for licensees informing their local communities as to their plans in these communities and for licensees to listen to the views of the local communities.

In general terms, the licensee must establish the extent of the local community, work out an effective manner in which to communicate with the various members of the community, actually engage in an on-going communications strategy and to effectively deal with the information that it was able to discover.

Whilst this is a very isolated location and there is a very small population living in the vicinity of the licence area, the requirement for consultation remains and the licensee will undertake suitable consultations as part of the licence procedures.

In general terms, the company’s community engagement strategy is broadly based on the following:

  1. Identify individuals or groups which may be impacted by the operations on the licence This would involve the compilation of a list of adjacent landowners, persons living within perhaps 1 kilometre of the licence and other community groups which may be impacted by the operations.  Groups such as the Victorian Farmers Federation or the local Field Naturalists Club. Government Departments, Federal, State or local, and other government bodies such as CMA’s who have a particular interest in the land on which the licence is situated should also form part of the consultation group.
  2. It will be necessary to identify the expectations or attitudes of these groups and individuals. Often a direct face to face approach is the best way to engage many members of the community.
  3. The licensees will need to assess the impact of their operation on these individuals and groups. Because the operation is entirely restricted to the private land, the remoteness of the operation, and the overall size of the operation, it is expected that the impact would be considered as low. However following the consultation, the full impact would be assessed by guidelines provided by the Department.
  4. An assessment will be made following the consultation as to what level of community input and involvement can be achieved. There are likely to be a whole range of matters which will need to be considered. Ideally, many of the ideas and suggestions will be mutually beneficial to both the licensee and the local community.  Matters such as working hours or attitudes to working on days of high fire danger or working on hot and windy days may be matters which the local community could have views which need to be considered by the licensees.
  5. Any contact or complaint will be noted in a complaints book, and the licensee will promptly make suitable arrangements to contact the complainant. Where possible, the matter would be settled between the two parties, but the local Mines Inspector or the Mining Warden may be requested to assist in resolving any issue or meditating on the matter.


The licensees will produce an information sheet to be distributed to the community outlining the project and seeking community views and attitudes to the proposed activities.

Such interaction with the community will be used to identify any issues that may be arising from the operations on the licence and will attempt to accommodate the views of the stakeholders in dealing with any such issues.

In practice, the community has been welcomed for their interest and input into ensuring that there is a minimum of adverse effects to the amenity of the area or the impact on the expectation of the community for the peaceful enjoyment of their local environment.

The licensee should be mindful of the need to maintain these exceptionally good community relations and to ensure that the channels of communication between the licence holder and the community in which it operates are kept open. All discussion with the community is based on mutual trust and respect.

With regards to any specific matters which were raised as a result of the advertising of the application for the licence and subsequently an objection the grant of the licence was made, the licensee will, when preparing the work plan or other authority for doing work on the tenement, ensure that the matters raised in any objection are adequately addressed.