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July 2018

In this edition:

  • NOW OPEN Stavely Ground Release tender (closes 5pm 15 August AEST)
  • Stavely Arc uncovered event presentations
  • Stavely 3D Geological Model Report
  • RoXplorer® Field Trial Report
  • The Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP) data release for Victoria
  • Upcoming events
  • Industry news


Stavely Ground Release tender

Includes TARGET minerals exploration grants

New gold and copper opportunities in western Victoria Australia

Tender information and application process

New pre-competitive geoscience data, reports and models

Tender closes 5pm Wednesday 15 August 2018 AEST

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is tendering 11 new minerals exploration licence areas (blocks) in the southern part of the Stavely Arc in western Victoria. Blocks range between around 750 to 950 square kilometres.

The tender is supported by extensive new pre-competitive geoscience data packages and reports, and includes up to $500,000 in exploration grant co-funding available per block, from the Victorian Government’s $15 million TARGET Minerals Exploration Initiative’s grants program.

This is a genuine greenfields exploration opportunity with demonstrated prospectivity for gold, copper and other metals.

It is anticipated that minerals exploration programs would commence in early 2019.

DEDJTR has commenced a program of close engagement with local communities and landholders in towns across the Stavely Arc to help locals understand more about minerals exploration, how its regulated, working with explorers and the tender.  This program, which includes at least nine community drop in evenings in towns across the region, will continue throughout the tender and licencing period.

Two optional tender briefings have already been held. If you were unable to attend these but are interested in attending a briefing session please email

The Stavely Arc uncovered - a new Australian mineral exploration search space

Report and Event Presentations Now Available

View live recorded presentations

A new geological understanding for the Stavely Arc has been developed as part of a pre-competitive collaborative geoscience work program undertaken by the Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV) and Geoscience Australia (GA). The knowledge generated through a systems approach has greatly expanded the mineral exploration search space for arc-related mineral systems over an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometres in western Victoria.

The geoscientific outcomes of the project, with particular emphasis on their impact on mineral prospectivity and application to mineral exploration, were publicly presented as part of a technical workshop in Melbourne, Victoria on 27 and 28 June 2018. It was a fantastic event with over 150 people registering, and a lot of positive feedback received on the structure of the two days as well as the ground breaking geoscience presented by GSV and GA.

The presentations and drill core viewing details are available in the report. You can also view the live recorded presentations here.

Stavely 3D Geological Model Report

Report Now Available

The Stavely 3D model is an explicit, full-crustal scale, geological unit and fault-framework model for the central Grampians-Stavely Zone of western Victoria that includes the Cambrian-aged Stavely Arc, prospective for arc-related mineral systems. Built using Paradigm’s GOCAD® software, the Stavely 3D model honours surface geological constraints and integrates drill hole, geological interpretation of potential field and deep seismic reflection data in and adjacent to the Grampians-Stavely Zone. It also estimates and illustrates how district to regional-scale faults and other structures and rock units mapped at surface, and modelled near-surface, might extend and interact at depth and influence the distribution of near surface geological units of the prospective Cambrian bedrock. The Stavely 3D model imports successfully into 3D applications including Surpac, Micromine, Vulcan and Leapfrog.

RoXplorer® Field Trial

Revolutionary drilling technology

Report Now Available

This report details a field trial of revolutionary RoXplorer® drilling technology that was undertaken near Horsham, western Victoria in mid-2017. The drill program was a collaboration between the Deep Exploration Technology Cooperative Research Centre and the Geological Survey of Victoria and tested the new technology in both unconsolidated sedimentary cover of the Murray Basin and underlying Cambrian volcanic rocks of the Stavely Arc. The drilling rates achieved by the RoXplorer® are four times faster than the rates achieved by previous drilling in the region and approached 100 m per 12 hour shift when the bottom of hole assembly was appropriately ‘tuned’ for cover material.

If commercialised, this technology has the potential to dramatically reduce drilling costs.

AusLAMP regional data release for Victoria

AusLAMP is a collaborative, national survey being managed and delivered by Geoscience Australia that acquires long-period magnetotelluric (MT) data. It is being conducted over multiple years, at approximately 3000 sites, to create the first national MT dataset in the world. This dataset will be a valuable Earth imaging resource for researchers to reconstruct the tectonic evolution of the Australian continent.

Victoria was the first jurisdiction in Australia to complete regional MT coverage and marks the first release of data from this significant national geoscience research program by Geoscience Australia.

AusLAMP report and data is available here

More information about the AusLAMP survey is available here

Upcoming Events


Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum
Victorian Government representatives available at booth 67

This leading annual conference combines presentations by mining and exploration companies with a large exhibition area housing exhibitors from the sector. 

Visit us at the Victorian Government booth and speak to respresentatives from the Geological Survey of Victoria and Minerals Development Victoria about the Stavely Ground Release tender and other upcoming opportunities in Victoria.

Find out more


International Mining and Resources Conference 2018
Victorian Government representatives available at booth C15

Australia’s largest mining conference includes Mines and Money Australia, the country’s largest mining investment forum. More than 4,000 mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators are expected and will hear from over 200 international speakers for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking.

The IMARC event will also coincide with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) bi-annual Council meeting, which is being held in Melbourne at the same time.  This also marks the first time the event will be hosted outside of London.

Find out more

Industry News

Some recent highlights from the minerals industry in Victoria:

The Australian Mining Review

9 July: Mining in Victoria: Good as Gold

AuStar Gold Limited

9 July: Visible Gold Observed as Mining Commences at the Rose of Denmark Gold Mine

3 July: Update on Trial Mining at the Morning Star Gold Mine

20 June: Over 100 Grams per Tonne Gold Intersected From Drilling at Rose of Denmark

30 April: AuStar Gold Recommission Gold Gravity Processing Plant at Morning Star Mine in Woodspoint-Wahalla Goldfield to Process Bulk Samples

26 March: AuStar Gold results from Rose of Denmark Project in Woodspoint-Wahalla Goldfield

Carawine Resources

10 July: Record High-Grade Gold Intersection From Hill 800

25 June: New High-Grade Gold-Copper Zone at Hill 800

7 June: Exceptional First Results at Hill 800 Drilling

1 May: Hill 800 Gold Prospect - Drilling Commences

24 April: Hill 800 Gold Prospect – Drilling To Commence

Catalyst Metals

25 June: Best Ever Gold Intersections Recorded At Four Eagles Gold Project

27 April: Drilling at Tandarra Gold Project Intersects Deeper Gold Zone and Extends Strike Length

Chalice Gold

12 July: Chalice Identifies Two 12km+ gold-in-soil Anomalies at Pyramid Hill Gold Project, Bendigo

Dart Mining

10 May: Significant Lithium Mineralisation Discovered in Pegmatites of the Mount Dorchap Range, Victoria

ECR Minerals

5 June: Gold System Identified at Blue Moon Australia

20 April: Acquisition of Creswick Gold Project in Victoria, Australia

13 April: Positive Geochemical Results and Start of Drilling Programme at Bung Bong Gold Prospect in Victoria

Kirkland Lake Gold

1 May: Kirkland Lake Gold Intersects Visible-Gold Bearing Mineralization at Robbin’s Hill, 3.8 km From Fosterville Mine

Mandalay Resources

27 June: Mandalay Resources Corporation Announces Update on Youle Vein Drilling Program at Costerfield Mine, Australia

Nagambie Resources

16 April: Diamond Drilling of First Sulphide-Gold IP Target Commences

Navarre Minerals

6 June 2018: First Drill Results from St Arnaud Gold Project Confirm Outstanding Exploration Upside

1 June: Navarre Minerals Commences 6,000m Drilling Program at Irvine Gold Project

28 May: High-Grade Gold Intersected in Drilling at Resolution Lode

10 May: Continued Strong Gold Intercepts at Irvine Gold Project

1 May:  Higher Grade Gold Zone Defined at Irvine’s Adventure Lode

23 April: New Epithermal Gold-Silver System Discovered at Glenlyle

Stavely Minerals

29 May: Thursday’s Gossan Porphyry Hunt Continues to Gather Momentum As Leading Porphyry Expert Supports Stavely’s Approach – 3 Drill Rigs Operating

20 April: New Thick Intercept of 92m at 0.34% Cu and 0.12 g/t Au including 30m at 0.50% Cu and 0.22 g/t Au in SMD016



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