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February 2017
Welcome to the Stavely Project update

This edition has information on:

  • Two new Stavely Project data releases
  • Upcoming Stavely project reports
  • Register to attend Science in the Surveys 2017
New Stavely Project Data Releases

The Stavely Project is a collaboration between Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Victoria. New geochemistry and pre-drilling geophysics data is now available, see below for more information. All project data releases have now been delivered.


This release provides data and describes the methodology for the various programs of geochemistry undertaken as part of the Stavely Project. Geochemistry included the collection of samples to characterise the origin and evolution of Cambrian stratigraphy at the regional and prospect scale, the origin and associations of mineralisation at current known prospects and trialling of surface geochemical techniques that could be employed to detect basement hosted mineralisation through the cover. Data included in this release include: whole rock geochemistry, four acid digestion analysis, partial extraction techniques (soil gas hydrocarbon, Mobile Metal IonTM, Ionic LeachTM), sulfur isotope analysis, neodymium isotope analysis, lead isotope analysis, chromite analysis and pyrite analysis.

Download the release here.

Pre-Drilling Geophysics

This release provides data and describes the methodology for various geophysical techniques employed to determine depth to basement at each drill site prior to stratigraphic drilling. The aim was to assess the suitability of geophysical techniques that could reduce mineral exploration risk and aid drill program planning. The geophysical techniques trialled were: magnetic modelling, refraction seismic, reflection seismic, passive seismic and gravity.

Download the release here.

Project Reports

Three overarching documents for the Stavely Project are expected mid 2017:

  • Regional Geology and Mineral Systems of the Stavely Arc, western Victoria
  • Explorers Guide to the Stavely Arc, western Victoria
  • Solid geology and 3D model

The overarching project documents will incorporate all of the project data and present an interpretation of the Stavely Arc and associated mineral systems.  

In addition, a compilation of all historical mineral exploration data within the Stavely Project area is currently being undertaken by the Geological Survey of Victoria and is scheduled for completion mid 2017.

More information on the Stavely Project, including previous releases,  can be accessed from Geoscience Australia’s Stavely Project page and from the Victorian Government.

Event invitation: Science in the Surveys – Melbourne, 28 March, 2017

The 2017 theme is, Impediments to Exploration Success: Solutions and Implementation Strategies. Come along and discover the outstanding science being conducted by Australia’s geological surveys, CSIRO, UNCOVER and the DET CRC. 

The Geological Survey of Victoria will provide a presentation on techniques employed to interpret and construct the solid geology and 3D model for the Stavely Project including benefits for mineral explorers.

Register now to attend as numbers are limited.

Event Details

28 March 2017
9.00am – 5.00pm

Spring Street Conference Centre
Mezzanine Level
1 Spring Street


Highlights include:

  • Survey presentations on research programs from around Australia, including new exploration opportunities
  • Geoscience Australia mineral program update
  • An update and overview of the UNCOVER initiative
  • Details of exploration incentive schemes
  • Update from the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC
  • Update on CSIRO mineral programs
  • Special guest speakers

Further details, including program, will be advertised closer to the date.


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