NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AN EXPLORATION LICENCE EL007215
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 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: EL007215
Locality of the land to which the application relates: 5km south and southeast of Matlock, encompassing the small township of Jericho
Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 34
Date of the application: 29 June 2020
Term the licence is applied for: 5 years
Outline of the proposed program of work: Desktop studies, Mapping, Site Inspection, Soil Sampling, Geophysical surveys, and Drilling.
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:
- 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.
- 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 – Harbinger, Matlock
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. The main prospect known to occur within the licence application is known as the Harbinger mine. This and the other prospects will be assessed for ore potential. 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 is only one drillhole drilled for the Victor’s Quartz mine, which lies outside the application area and therefore it is likely that the drill hole is misplaced. There are also no systematic geochemical surveys carried out within the application area.
Access research, negotiation and approval where necessary will be required. This will apply to all the known prospects which are all within Crown Land. Although the area is not Restricted Crown Land the area is known to be in the Thomson River Dam catchment area which has strict access guidelines. These terms will need to be accommodated.
The nature of all on ground exploration activities (including, 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 BB Quartz and Harbinger there are a number of minor prospects that may be significant in a more regional sense should these be evidence of a greater gold mineralised system. A regional stream sediment program will also be undertaken to assess the regional potential of the application.
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 be either diamond drilling with oriented core or more reconnaissance type percussion drilling depending on issues with access in mountainous terrain. Understanding the local structural geology setting & history is seen as key to predicting the location of ore shoots present around each prospect.
A description of the nature of the targets that the program seeks to delineate
Currently the focus will be on high grade gold ore shoots suitable for underground mining, especially if repetitions of these shoots can be established in a broader sense to add gold ounces to the project.
As far as practicable, an indication of the location and focus of the proposed exercises with location maps
The locations of the main prospects are shown on the accompanying map. The importance of the regional faults in terms of gold mineralisation is yet to be established, as such the company is interested in both the local prospects but also the various faults for gold mineralisation.
A description of the geological rationale behind the proposed program
The Harbinger mine has produced a significant amount of high-grade gold with 17320t of ore for 17356oz recorded. The BB Quartz production although lesser is still high grade at 2076t for 1768oz gold.
The applicant carried out all the soil sampling at the Loch Fyne and All Nations prospects further north when working for Plutonic and is familiar with the prospective nature of the area in particular. Further use of this technique may reveal more extensive gold mineralisation than was hitherto considered to occur.
The more successful mines in the Woods Point – Walhalla Belt are associated with intrusive dykes and competency contrast of these rocks and the surrounding flysch sediments. Both the key prospects have intrusive dykes related to the mineralisation.
The company is particularly interested in gold-stibnite vein deposits of epizonal style mineralisation. These are considered a key to finding more Walhalla, 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, Walhalla (Long Tunnel) 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 on the already recognised targets.
The regional program will require subsequent years to delineate anomalous areas that are discovered by the stream sediment data, which will involve grid based or ridge and spur soil sampling.
Geochemical anomalies will be mapped, rock sampled with a view to exploration drilling being undertaken. The process will be reiterative.
Community Engagement & Environment Strategy
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.