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)

Victoria Goldfields Pty Ltd.,

174 Pearcedale Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria 3912.

2. Contact details of applicant (for map and other information requests):

Tim Crockett, Authorised Agent (as employee of Australian Mining & Exploration Title Services) Telephone No. 0447677530 or 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: EL007335

Locality of the land to which the application relates: approximately 2km south west of Tongio West Approximate area of application: 7 Km2.

Date of the application: 14 July 2020.

Term the licence is applied for: 5 years.

Outline of the proposed program of work:  Data collection and assessment including reprocessing of Aeromagnetics and Gravity images for integration into geological mapping and modelling. Rock chip and grab sampling undertaken in conjunction with the field mapping. Geological modelling. Assessment delineation of high-priority exploration targets and accompanying proposed drilling program. Detailed summary report highlighting important predictive geological framework, major structural controls, and targets. Statutory Reporting

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, Victoria 3001.

It is recommended that objections are lodged online to ensure timely consideration: https://rram.force.com/ObjectionSubmission.

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 EL007335

The work program will focus on low-impact exploration methodologies such as ground mapping & rock-chip sampling followed by considerable office-based data compilation including map development and 3D modelling focusing on the integration of ALL available data.

The following proposed work program is staged over a 24-month period to allow for adequate data collection, compilation, and integration toward developing an effective understanding of the economic gold mineralisation across the proposed exploration lease area.

Office-Based Activities

The aim of the office-based work will be to develop a fully integrated, robust predictive minerals systems model that will be used to identify and target potential fluid focusing trap sites host to significant economic mineralisation across the exploration area. This will be undertaken in stages to accommodate both field season access requirements as well as account for a stepped methodology approach to allow for field-based observations to be incorporated into the developing understanding.


Office-based work will focus on the careful and detailed geological, geochemical and geophysical collation and interpretation contributing to the development of a new generation of surface geology maps and 3D models across the exploration area to identify high-priority target areas.

While office-based work will be undertaken in conjunction with field work – the following is an overview of the office-based work only. Field-based Activities are described as following.

  1. Data Collection and Assessment Stage
  2. Data Processing and Preliminary Modelling
  3. Detailed Geological Modelling and Compilation
  4. Reporting

Field Based Activities

The application proposed encompasses approximately 6 km2 area and contains sufficient outcrop exposures to facilitate a district mapping and traverse program. The mapping will focus on resolving the litho-structural elements and controls on mineralisation across the historical workings and represented by the development of a new litho-structural map and 3D model for the project area.

The proposed application area is approximately 12 km from Swifts Creek township, is accessed via the Power Gully Track and the Charlotte Spur North Track which are well maintained public roads. These tracks are directly accessed via the Cassillis sealed road (Cassillis Road) which is serviced and accessed via the Great Alpine (B500) sealed road.

No sub-surface activities (drilling, trenching, etc) will be undertaken as part of the field-based activities.

Community Engagement & Environmental Strategy for EL007335

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.

The licensee is required to inform the local community as to their plans and for licensees to listen to the views of the local community.

The licensee must identify individuals or groups which may be impacted by the operations on the licence and communicate the plans to this community. Discussions with the community will be used to identify any issues that may arise from the operations on the licence and will attempt to accommodate the views of the stakeholders in dealing with any such issues.

The licensee will keep a register of community engagement including any concerns or complaints made to the licensee. 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 community is welcomed for their interest and input into ensuring that there are minimal adverse effects to the amenity of the area or the impact of their local environment.

The licensee will aim to maintain good community relations and to ensure that communication between the licence holder and the community in which it operates is ongoing. All discussion with the community is based on mutual trust and respect.