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: EL007307
Locality of the land to which the application relates: Approx. 12km north of Walhalla
Approximate area of the application (Graticular Sections): 103
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, stream sediment sampling, percussion and/or diamond 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:
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 EL007307
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 be put into GIS format. Compiling and reviewing all the previous Exploration Licence data, with all prospects previously investigated, will be carried out. There has been some regional stream sediment geochemistry survey completed within the licence application area.
The information gathered will then 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. 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 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.
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 or near 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, 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 several 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 and extent of the target area. Understanding the local structural geology setting & history is seen as key to predicting the location of ore shoots present at 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. There are several small but rich gold producers within the central part of the application area such as Golden Lily, Brohan’s Reef, Stockholm, Lone Star & Pride of the Mountain. These will be investigated initially, followed by or in conjunction with a more regional program of geochemistry.
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 larger scale gold mineralisation.
A description of the geological rationale behind the proposed program.
There are several small but rich gold producers within the central part of the application area such as Golden Lily, Brohan’s Reef, Stockholm, Lone Star & Pride of the Mountain. A prospect known as The Pinnacles near Brohan’s Reef has had soil grid-based geochemistry, but this does not appear to have been drilled. These targets are considered highly prospective and a program of grid-based soil sampling is proposed to define the extent of the mineralisation as well as the level of anomalism in gold, arsenic and antimony. Portable XRF will be used to establish the initial base metal levels followed by gold assays where zones of interest have been defined.
The more successful mines in the Woods Point – Walhalla Belt are associated with intrusive dykes and competency contrast of these rocks and the hosting flysch sediments.
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 to discover 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. Large regional faults, within the application area could be mineralised and this is worthy of investigation.
Therefore, completion of a regional stream sediment survey and follow up ridge and spur 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.
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 the second year, drill targets will be established and it is expected that a drilling program would be carried out in the second year.
As more and more geochemical and geological targets are established more reconnaissance drilling will occur. Where drilling programs are successful further drill programs will be necessary which will be a process of evaluation, permitting and then further drilling which will occupy the length of the tenement tenure. Resource drilling including diamond drilling will be carried out on the more prospective gold targets. Where the drilling is successful there may be gold resources established for further evaluation.
Community Engagement & Environmental Strategy for EL007307
There is a legal requirement in Section 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.
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 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.