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December 2017

In this edition:

  • Stavely Ground Release 
  • Stavely 3D model nearing completion and publication
  • TARGET reports and data
  • Industry news

Stavely Ground Release

In his opening address at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne on 31 October 2017, the Victorian Minister for Resources the Honourable Tim Pallas foreshadowed the release of thousands of square kilometres of ground for minerals exploration in the Stavely geological province in western Victoria through a competitive, merit-based, international tender.

For more information on the Stavely ground release, please contact Fiona Clarke, Manager, Resource Strategy and Industry Investment, Minerals Development Victoria:

Geoscience Data

Interpretive reports, an Explorers Guide to the Stavely geological province and a 3D model of the area by the Geological Survey of Victoria is nearly completed. Public release of this information is expected by the end of December 2017.

If you have any questions regarding Stavely Geoscience Data please contact Cameron Cairns, Manager, Minerals Geoscience, Geological Survey of Victoria:

Information on Stavely, including data releases, can be accessed from Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Victoria.

Stavely 3D model nearing completion and publication

In mid October the Geological Survey of Victoria presented the complete Stavely 3D model and workflow at the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (Victoria Branch) annual technical day. The model and accompanying report will be published soon.

The Stavely 3D model is an explicit full-crustal thickness geological unit and fault-framework model.  It was designed to represent, in a way that is consistent with available data and in three dimensions, the interpretation of the geometries and inter-relationships of major regional to district-scale structural and stratigraphic geological elements known to occur within the central portion of the Grampians-Stavely Zone.

Potential uses of this model include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction of crustal-scale cross-sections in any orientation or position within the zone.
  • Construction of depth-slices at any position within the Zone.
  • Exploring the possibility of correlation between different or widely separated mineral deposit locations.
  • Identification of common plumbing systems for different or separated mineral systems.
  • Examining the likely regional structural controls on smaller-scale structural systems (structural systems are typically scale-invariant).
  • Drill program design and orientation.
  • Geophysical acquisition design.
  • Depth to economic basement assessments.

The 3D model framework forms the basic framework for fluid-flow modelling. It is also a starting point for 4D reconstructions of the crust (progressive removal of the effects of structural systems from youngest to oldest, as already attempted in 3D).

The images below are highlights from the Stavely 3D Model. The image on the left is the complex regional attributed fault network. The image on the right is the Cambrian volcanic belt segments. The 20,000 square kilometre Stavely Project area (yellow outline) is shown for reference.

TARGET reports and data

TARGET is a $15 million Victorian Government initiative designed to increase investment in exploration for copper, other base metals and gold in Victoria.

A number of TARGET Round 1 exploration programs from the Stavely geological province and adjoining flank to its east have now concluded, with others nearing completion soon. As each confidentiality period closes TARGET milestone reports and program data will be progressively made open-file. The first of these reports and data is now available through the Geological Survey of Victoria Search Assistant

Industry news

Recent highlights from the minerals industry in Victoria:

Victorian Government Media Release

8 December 2017: Jobs Boost For Gippsland With New Mine Investment

Kirkland Lake Gold

11 December 2017: Kirkland Lake Gold Announces Sale of Stawell Gold Mines

27 November 2017: Kirkland Lake Gold to List on Australian Securities Exchange

7 November 2017: Kirkland Lake Gold Announces 120 Metre Down-Plunge Extension of Swan Zone

11 October 2017: Kirkland Lake Gold Reports Strong Third Quarter 2017 Operating Results

Catalyst Metals Ltd

7 December 2017: St Barbara Limited Subscribes to $5 million Placement; Drilling Update on Whitelaw Gold Belt

17 October 2017: Diamond and Air Core Drilling to Commence on Whitelaw Gold Belt


13 December 2017: New Gold Intercepts Continue to Expand Strike Potential at Irvine Gold Project

30 November 2017: New Discovery at Irvine Gold Project

9 October 2017: Drilling Commences at Irvine Gold Project

Centennial Mining Limited

2 November 2017: Queen’s Exploration Target Significant Drilling Result

10 October 2017: Magenta Zone Exploration Targets Identified and Exciting Drill Results

ECR Minerals

11 December 2017: Fifteen High Priority Targets Identified Within ECR’s Victorian Gold Projects


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