Mineral Licence Application

Current Applications

2019, November 12
Exploration Licence 007116 (EL007116)

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Stawell Gold Mines is in the process of applying for EL007116 which relates to the localities of: East and South of Stawell, extending southwards to the West of Ararat in Western Victoria.

Areas of geological anomalies have been identified within the application area which Stawell Gold Mines are interested in investigating further. Community engagement will be undertaken through all stages of exploration.

The granting of this licence does not allow any mining activities. 

Proposed Program of Work

A four Phase exploration program is proposed for Years 1 to 2.

  • Phase 1:
    • Office studies.
  • Phase 2
    • Geological mapping/geochemistry program.
  • Phase 3
    • Regional geochemistry program.
  • Phase 4
    • RC/Diamond drilling program.

During Years 3 to 5, infill drilling and resource estimation is likely to occur.

Systems for managing impacts of the proposed work on the community (including landowners and occupiers) and the environment

Stawell Gold Mines acknowledges that effective environmental management and socially responsible practices are essential to the success of all aspects of it operations. The Environmental and Social Responsibility policies guiding Stawell Gold Mines operations are provided below:

Potential impacts associated with Stawell Gold Mines operation are managed via an Environmental Management Plan. Stawell Gold Mines Environmental Management Plan provides a practical framework for the implementation of appropriate measures to avoid, mitigate and manage potential environment and community impacts.

Stawell Gold Mines Environmental Management Plan aims to:

  • Assist in achieving compliance with applicable legislation and other requirements, including environmental objectives, commitments and licence conditions;
  • Provide clear and concise procedures for the avoidance, mitigation and management of potential environmental risks associated with Stawell Gold Mines operations;
  • Establish and document roles and responsibilities with respect to environmental management;
  • Detail environmental monitoring, reporting and auditing requirements;
  • Establish well-defined performance indicators to assess the effectiveness of control measures and evaluate environmental management outcomes; and
  • Develop a process for continuous improvement of environmental management for Stawell Gold Mines operations.

The environmental aspects addressed within Stawell Gold Mines Environmental Management Plan include:

  • Surface water and groundwater;
  • Air quality;
  • Noise;
  • Air blast and ground vibration;
  • Waste;
  • Hazardous materials;
  • Land;
  • Traffic;
  • Aesthetics;
  • Heritage;
  • Rehabilitation; and
  • Community.

Stawell Gold Mines also implements and maintains a range of management tools and procedures designed to achieve compliance with the applicable statutory requirements. These procedures are reviewed and updated regularly to ensure they reflect best practice and are consistent with current operations.

Meeting obligations under section 39A of the MRSDA to consult with the community (including landowners and occupiers)

Stawell Gold Mines has been operating in its current location for more than 30 years, with underground and open pit mining operations. All operations are undertaken with due consideration of the immediate neighbours and the community as a whole, to ensure potential community impacts are managed appropriately.

Community consultation associated with Stawell Gold Mines operations is managed through the site Community Engagement Plan. Stawell Gold Mines is committed to communicating clearly, honestly, and regularly with the community in which it operates. Consultation methods adopted to achieve this objective include:

  • Direct contact (either in person, via phone, email or mail, as appropriate);
  • Local newspaper publications;
  • Community newsletter;
  • Open days;
  • Information sessions;
  • Annual Environment and Community report; and
  • Environmental Review Committee meetings.

Stawell Gold Mines also implements a community enquiries procedure, which provides the community with the opportunity to provide feedback or raise grievances regarding Stawell Gold Mines operations.

To get in touch, please visit the Contact Us page.


Any person may object to a licence being granted by:

  • Put the objection in writing; and
  • Include 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,

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

Other Statutory Requirements

(a) Subject to other statutory 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



Previous Applications


Stawell Gold Mines is in the process of applying for RL007051 which relates to the localities of: Northwest of Stawell, Germania and Glenorchy in Western Victoria.

Numerous exploration activities have taken place to date in this area by Stawell Gold Mines under Exploration Licence 3008 (EL3008) which was first granted on 16 December 1988. For exploration activities to continue within the outlines area, Stawell Gold Mines requires EL007051. The granting of this licence does not allow any mining activities. Community engagement will be undertaken through all stages of exploration.

Proposed program of work

Three main prospect areas were identified within the RL007051 corridor and will be the focus over the life of the licence. Yearly proposed activities are summarised below:

  • Year 1
    • Community and landholder consultation.
    • Soil testing of conceptual targets, infill soils work following on from 2012 works.
    • Aircore and diamond testing of existing targets from 2012 works.
    • First drilling into existing inferred resource.
  • Year 2
    • Further drill testing of resource with intention to extend known resources to depth.
    • Further follow up drill testing of successful targeting strategies from Year 1 works.
  • Years 3 to 6
    • Resource drilling and target testing.
  • Year 7
    • Resource modelling and definition.
    • Pre-feasibility studies.
  • Year 8
    • Pre-feasibility studies.
    • Mine design.
  • Year 9
    • Mine design.
    • Stakeholder engagement.
    • Feasibility study.
    • Environmental and social impact assessments.
  • Year 10
    • Feasibility study.
    • Environmental and social impact assessments.

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