Mineral Licence Application

Current Applications

2020, May 08
Retention Licence 007284 (RL007284)


Stawell Gold Mines is in the process of applying for a Retention Licence, RL007284. This area is adjacent to the eastern and northern boundary of the current mining licence ML5260. This area is approximately 2 km east of the Stawell township, extending to the north of Stawell and also to the southeast of Stawell, in Western Victoria.

Three resource targets have been identified through exploration that could service the future mine plan from existing infrastructure. The program of works is proposed to progress works on  these known resources to determine ore body size and feasibility of mining. All exploration is proposed to  be undertaken underground and community engagement will be conducted through all stages of exploration.

Retention Licence

A Retention Licence is an optional licence between the exploration and mining stages. It gives the licensee (licence holder) tenure over the land before progressing to a mining licence.

The Retention Licence allows the holder to undertake resource definition works (drilling and metallurgical test work) and feasibility studies.

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

How to View Property or Licence Boundaries on GeoVic

Link: https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/geology-exploration/maps-reports-data/geovic

GeoVic is a free online mapping application that enables you to build your own earth resource related maps, perform searches and access data, using a huge range of data sources.

How to use GeoVic

Basic functionality

  1. Quick search: Located on the top right of the page. Useful for looking up specific queries.
  2. Hand icon: Located along the top of the map. Use to pan around the map without selecting anything or changing the zoom.
  3. Mouse wheel or Magnifying glass icons: Located along the top of the map. Used to zoom in or out of the map by selecting the relevant icon.
  4. Green “+” button: Located at the top of left hand panel. Used to add different layers onto the map.
  5. Red “x” button: Located next to the above green “+” button. Used to remove unwanted layers off the map.
  6. Blue “i” icon: Located along the top of the map. Use this to identify and retrieve further information about the layer (or all layers if “Visible Layers” is selected from the black down arrow next to the icon).
  7. Layers:
    • Check marks: Located next to the layer name. These can be used to turn on or off any layers.
    • Layers can also be reordered by clicking and dragging as it uses the priority system. Layers located on the top will override other layers.
  8. Print icon: Located underneath “Quick Search” on the top right of the page. Select the page size you would like to print to and a PDF is generated. This can then be saved or printed directly.

Example scenarios

  1. Landholder wants to know the extent of EL007116.
    • Using the quick search function, type in EL007116 and select the result that pops up. It will quickly navigate the page to where the licence area is, highlighted with a yellow border. Use the Blue “i” icon and click on the area within the yellow boundary to obtain information about the licence (such as: status description, primary owner, relevant dates, etc.). You will notice that the layer “Current Mineral Exploration Licences” has been added as a layer in the left hand panel.
  2. Landholder wants to know where their property is located.
    • Similar to above, except, instead of typing in EL007116, type in the address that is to be looked up. The layer “Property – Address” will be added as a layer and the map will navigate to the address, outlining the property in yellow border.
  3. Landholder wants to enquire where their property is, in relation to EL007116.
    • Use the quick search function to look up the property address and select it from the drop down. Navigate to the green “+” button > + Tenements > + Minerals > + Current and select “Current Mineral Exploration Licences” or “All Current Mineral Tenements”. This layer will be added onto the map and the relevant tenement number will be displayed. Use the Blue “i” icon to find out more information.

More information and a detailed User Guide can be found on the Earth Resources website.

Resource Targets

Aurora A

Aurora A is the down dip extension of the Aurora B resource that is currently being mined on the eastern side of the Magdala Basalt dome. Aurora A is located between -935 to -1380m RL. Aurora A resource extends past the current MIN5260 boundary to the east into RL7284 application area. This is currently being explored from a dedicated exploration drive that would have development access extension for resource definition drilling.

Dukes and North Magdala

The Dukes and North Magdala resource are located in the north western most corner of MIN5260 at -1000 to -1390m RL below ground with the potential to extend northwards along strike into current RL7284. To access this part of the lower mine to undertake resource definition drilling there is an extensive program of dewatering, rehabilitation and development to access and provide platforms for drilling. Of note is the Iron Bark Reserve from which this resource was originally drilled from surface. Future works would be recognisant that this is protected habitat and mining is restricted to underground activity only.

Northgate Gift

The Northgate Gift is the faulted offset continuation of the Golden Gift below the Wildcat fault at a depth of -2300m RL. The target has had limited drilling at this point due to the depth. The access development to the Duke and North Magdala will allow for a development drive to be pushed into RL7284 and allow for further deep drilling to determine extend of the resource.

Proposed Program of Work

Years 1 to 2 will focus on two of the three potential resources (Aurora A and Dukes) not limited to:

  • Access;
  • Dewatering;
  • Diamond drilling;
  • Logging and assays;
  • Rehabilitation; and
  • Resource modelling

For Aurora A and Dukes, Years 3 to 4 will focus on:

  • Work Plan development;
  • Engineering design and schedule;
  • Feasibility report; and
  • Partial Mining Licence application.

Meanwhile, for Northgate Gift, Development will commence.

Years 5 to 8 will solely be focused on Northgate Gift through:

  • Development;
  • Diamond drilling;
  • Logging and assays;
  • Resource modelling;
  • Feasibility report;
  • Engineering design and schedule;
  • Mine design; and
  • Work Plan development.

Years 9 to 10 will consist of continuing on with Work Plan development, Planning Approvals and Mining Licence Application.

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

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.

Other Statutory Requirements

(a) Subject to other statutory requirements being satisfied, a retention licence, if granted, entitles the holder of the licence to retain rights to a mineral resource, and explore and carry out other work to establish the economic viability of mining, but does not entitle the holder to undertake mining.

(b) Further information regarding the statutory requirements that must be complied with prior to work being undertaken on a licence including landowner and occupier consent requirements is available on the department’s Community & Land Use page: https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/community-and-land-use

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