Mineral Licence Application

Current Applications

2021, January 06
Exploration Licence 007478 (EL007478)


Stawell Gold Mines is in the process of applying for an Exploration Licence, EL007478. This area is in Cathcart, extending northwards towards Norval and approximately 4km west of Ararat in South Western Victoria.

This licence will enable continual exploration, targeting a known mineralisation within the area 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 the mineralisation extent. Community engagement will be conducted 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 5:

  • Phase 1 (Year 1):
    • Office studies
      • Collation of all previous open file exploration results / interpretation and review of all modern geological evaluation and incorporate into company database, design follow‐up mapping / geochemistry / drilling programs. Reinterpretation of existing regional data. Review of historic data. Rebuild of known mineralisation from historic maps, plans and other sources.
  • Phase 2 (Year 2):
    • Geological mapping/geochemistry program
      • Rock chip / soil / roadside mapping program and IP to assist drill target development. Using refined geology mapping conduct geochemistry bracketing key contact zones. Define drill targets for follow‐up exploration with Work Planning and site preparation approvals.
  • Phase 3 (Year 3):
    • Follow up on geochemistry/mapping
      • Geophysics or appropriate techniques to consolidate identified targets, establish target depths in prep for drill proposals, workplans and execution.
  • Phase 4 (Years 4 and 5):
    • RC/Diamond drilling program
      • Scout drilling of the Stawell Zone at anomalies identified as potential drill targets. May require permitting, cultural heritage and flora/fauna assessments, vegetation offset, supervision, field staff, track construction and reporting, nested into larger programs planned and proposed for other tenements held by the company around Stawell.

2021, January 06
Exploration Licence 007479 (EL007479)


Stawell Gold Mines is in the process of applying for an Exploration Licence, EL007479. This area is approximately 2 km west of Cressy, extending westwards to Foxhow in South Western Victoria.

Existing data of the area suggests there is a geological anomaly in the region. Stawell Gold Mines is interested in investigating this anomaly further and determine if there are any potential gold resources.

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 5:

  • Phase 1 (Year 1):
    • Office studies, community and geophysics
      • Collation of all previous open file exploration results / interpretation and review of all modern geological evaluation and incorporate into company database, design follow‐up mapping / potential geochemistry / drilling programs.
        As a new area to exploration which is adjacent to significant environmental zones, significant focus will be placed on community liaison.
        Reinterpretation of existing regional data – particularly gravity data. Test lines of gravity to validate and improve accuracy on target depths.
  • Phase 2 (Year 2):
    • Geophysics and geochemistry program
      • 3D gravity and magnetics survey, potentially other depth-appropriate geophysics and geochemistry.
  • Phase 3 (Year 3):
    • Follow up on geophysics/geochemistry and drilling
      • Any required infill or step-out geophysics.
        Drilling of highest order identified targets and downhole geophysics to vector off-hole potential and refine interpretation and targeting.
  • Phase 4 (Years 4 and 5):
    • RC/Diamond drilling program
      • Success-based RC/Diamond Drilling Program testing of additional determined priority targets to confirm models, techniques, ore continuity and gold grades (if intercepted) can sustain on-going, geophysically-driven deep-ore system exploration through Year 6+ and have reasonable expectations of delivering a defensible mineral resource.
        Includes any required progressive rehabilitation from previous works.

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

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.

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