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): 

Petratherm Limited 

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: EL007280 

Locality of the land to which the application relates: Approx. 5km north of Wedderburn, 3km west of Korong Vale.   

Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 15 

Date of the application: 16 July 2020 

Term the licence is applied for: 5 years 

Outline of the proposed program of work: Desktop studies, community engagement, mapping, geochemical sampling, geophysical reprocessing, drilling. 


5. Objections: 

Any person may object to a licence being granted by:  

  1. putting the objection in writing; and  
  2. 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 


Work programme – Exploration Licence Application 7280 – Wedderburn North

The exploration will target shallow bulk low grade and underground reef strata bound gold deposits. The tenement application covers a small area of approximately 10 km2 and will be an addition to existing exploration work currently underway on the adjoining EL 6897 which the Company owns 100%.

Nature of office-based activities

  • Review of open file historical exploration reporting and compilation of historical open file geological and geophysical data.
  • Geophysical data sets (gravity and magnetics) will be interrogated and re-processed to produce detailed local maps
  • Compilation of geological mapping, geophysical images, roads and land tenure data, soil sampling, drilling data, rock geochemistry data into a GIS interface.
  • Inspection and re-evaluation of historical drill core if available
  • Interpretation of the GIS database to determine prospective areas and to scope appropriate future ground activities.

Nature of all on-ground exploration activities

  • Geological mapping of sparse outcrop and assessment of the cover to determine its applicability for soil sampling.
  • Soil geochemical sampling (provided the covered areas are deemed amenable to this method of exploration).

The nature of all sub surface activities

  • Aircore drilling – regional traverses over prospective areas defined by mapping and/or soil geochemistry and/or geophysics.
  • Follow up RC drilling if air-core drilling is successful and warranted
  • Follow-up diamond drilling if warranted to aid determination of ore shoot morphology

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

The tenement area is mostly under shallow cover and only previously lightly explored. The initial focus will be regional in its extent. Regional soil survey geochemical sampling will be undertaken using principally Arsenic anomalism as a key pathfinder element for gold mineralisation in the bedrock. Recent historical gold exploration under cover, such as that shown with the discovery of 4 Eagles Prospect demonstrates an arsenic geochemical halo where strong gold mineralisation occurs within the weathered bedrock (saprolite) zone. Basement sampling with regional air core drilling is a cost-effective way to locate probable primary gold zones for later drilling follow up.

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

Some of the tenement area contains rare out crop but also includes larger areas of sub-cropping basement. These areas will be mapped and sampled to identify structures, any quartz reef development and areas of alteration.

The initial mapping and sampling work will also identify areas amenable for soil sampling, which will be later grid sampled. Any anomalies detected will undergo air-core or RC drilling to try and locate gold in the bedrock below.

A description of the geological rational behind the proposed program

The proposed tenement area occurs within the Bendigo Zone of the world-class Victorian Gold Province. The Company has successfully located other strong, coherent arsenic anomalies, which may be an indication of gold mineralisation in the bedrock below in its adjacent tenement (EL6897) for future drill testing. The depth of cover in this area is thin so direct arsenic soil geochemical work is an effective first screening method to locate areas for later drill testing.

A proposed schedule for the exploration program

Year 1

  • Review of open file historical exploration data
  • Compilation of historical open file geological and geophysical data into a GIS database.
  • Geophysical data sets (gravity and magnetics) will be interrogated and re-processed to produce detailed local maps
  • Inspection and re-evaluation of historical drill core if available
  • Interpretation of the GIS database to determine prospective areas and to scope appropriate future ground activities.
  • Landholder and stakeholder communications, access negotiations
  • Field reconnaissance mapping of outcrop, assessment of regolith and spot soil and rock chip sampling.

Year 2

  • Landholder and stakeholder communications, access negotiations
  • Soil geochemical sampling

Years 3-5

  • Air core/RC drilling of geochemical anomalies
  • Critical appraisal of technical merit
  • Follow up diamond or RC drilling, as required

Community Engagement Plan for EL007280


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.

The Community Engagement Plan

In general terms, the licensee's community engagement plan is broadly based on the following:

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 on or in the vicinity  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.

  1. 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 was to engage many members of the community.
  2. The licensee will need to assess the impact of their operation on these individuals and groups. Following the consultation, the full impact would be assessed by guidelines provided by the Department.
  3. An assessment will be made following the consultation as to what level of com-munity input and involvement can be achieved. There are likely to be a range of matters which may 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.
  4. 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 licensee will produce an information sheet or local newspaper advertising outlining the project and seeking community views and attitudes to the operation.

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.

The community is 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 is 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.