NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AN EXPLORATION LICENCE
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
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 www.earthresources.vic.gov.au/licenceapplications
4. Details of the application:
Application number: EL007295
Locality of the land to which the application relates: Approx. 3km northwest of Dunolly.
Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 8
Date of the application: 17 September 2020
Term the licence is applied for: 5 years
Outline of the proposed program of work: office-based work, reconnaissance mapping, controlled soil-sampling, geochemical sampling, stream sediment surveys.
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:
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
Proposed work program for EL007295
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 GIS 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 various 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. 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.
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.
There are a number of 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.
There is also scope for seismic geophysical surveys in searching for high grade alluvial gold deposits which will be investigated.
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 initial reconnaissance type percussion drilling followed by diamond drilling where deemed necessary. Understanding the local structural geology setting & history is seen as key to predicting the location of ore shoots present around each prospect.
Drilling of seismic survey alluvial targets will also be investigated should targets be generated.
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.
Shallow alluvial gold deposits may be suitable for small scale open pit mining that could be backfilled in a strip mining style operation.
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.
There are a number of small but rich producers within the application area such as Racecourse Reef, Longbottoms and Tips Reef as per GeoVic website. No production records are available for these prospects. No geochemistry has been conducted on the application area. There has not been any regional stream sediment geochemistry survey completed within the licence application area.
The area is seen as strategically located in the highly prospective Dunolly – Maryborough gold belt. Successful mining was carried out in the area and the Harvest Home gold deposit occurs nearby.
The company is particularly interested in high grade orogenic gold vein deposits providing that the mineralization is not especially nuggety. This can only be established by exploration of the area. Major regional scale faults are also important in order to get a deposit of significant size.
The mesozonal gold deposits are considered highly prospective for both low grade gold open pit and underground high-grade gold targets as at similar operations to the south such as Leviathan and Shaw’s Reefs at Maryborough.
Therefore, a regional stream sediment survey and follow up ridge and spur or grid-based soil geochemistry will likely highlight mineralised structures as well as prospect scale grid-based soil sampling around old workings will establish the significance of these various prospects.
There is also some scope for alluvial gold deposits which may be assessed by geophysics and drilling.
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.
In subsequent years the development of drill targets will be continue with geochemistry, mapping, geophysics programs being used to generate targets. The process is reiterative of assessment, drill targeting, permit approvals and drilling. Based upon the results of each program then further repetition of the process occurs.
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.
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 and heritage 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.