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Revocation of the section 7 exemption over the land under the former MIN5335

The Minister's Delegate has revoked the exemption over the land formerly subject to Mining Licence 5335 (MIN5335) and located on the Omeo map sheet, 16km south of Omeo as shown on the map below (the Land):

Map showing the location of the former MIN5335 

The Land that was the subject of the exemption is to become available for any licence on or after 7 March 2018.

History of the Land

The Land was granted an exemption from being available for licences under section 7 of the MRSDA on 14 September 2016 (see Government Gazette dated 22 September 2016, page 2730).

Revocation of section 7 exemption

The revocation of the section 7 exemption was made on 1 December 2017 and notice was published in the Victorian Government Gazette on 14 December 2017 and on this website on 18 December 2017.

Submitting an application for a licence

Applications for any type of licence over the area can be submitted on or after 7 March 2018.

Applications can be submitted using the Resource Rights Allocation Management (RRAM) Portal. Log in to RRAM to begin your application.

Data resources for potential applicants

As mining activities have previously occurred on the site, a range of data relating to the site is available for parties interested in applying for a licence. This includes:

  • Drill hole data
  • Various reports

This data is available via GeoVic, from Geological Survey Victoria or the Earth Resources online store.

Site access

Potential applicants are able to access the site by contacting Earth Resources Regulation.

Please note that there is a small stockpile of ore on the surface at the site. In order to take samples of material from this stockpile, you will need to obtain a Miner's Right, and this must be presented whenever you access the site. You can obtain a Miner's Right here.

No underground access to the site is permitted.

Licence conditions for successful applicant

Due to the extensive interconnection of the underground workings between the Land and the adjacent exploration licence 5518 (EL5518) there is the potential for operational hazards associated with dust, noise, vibration and water. As a result, the Department will require any future licences on the Land to be subject to the following condition:

  1. Isolation of the Underground Workings 
    • The licensee is required to isolate the underground workings within the area of the licence from the underground workings within the area of neighbouring exploration licence 5518 (EL5518), unless the licensee is also the licensee of EL5518.
    • The isolation of the underground workings must:
      • establish ventilation that is not dependent on EL5518 ventilation
      • prevent discharge of water into EL5518 put in place physical underground barriers to prevent access to EL5518
      • put in place physical underground barriers to prevent access to EL5518 and isolate blasting activities
    • All costs associated with isolating the underground workings from EL5518 are to be borne by the licensee.
  2.  Existing Rehabilitation Liability
    • The licensee will also be required to provide a rehabilitation bond for the licensed area of $128,500 within 28 days of the date the licence is granted. A notice requiring the bond will be issued to the licensee on the day the licence is granted.

Technical Review

ERR commissioned Pitt and Sherry (mining technical advisors) to complete a technical assessment of the underground working and provide possible options for the isolation of the two licence areas. The technical assessment report can be obtained by contacting Earth Resources Regulation.

Competing Applications

Applications will be prioritised based on the day they are received by Earth Resources Regulation.

Should more than one application be received on the same day they will be treated as competing applications and ranked in accordance with Section 23 of the MRSDA. The ranking process considers the applicants' likelihood of being fit and proper, the merits of their application and the how the application furthers the objectives of the MRSDA. A  list of criteria and the weighting given to each in the evaluation process is shown in the table below:

Criteria Weighting

Fit and Proper Assessment

  • Is the applicant fit and proper to hold a licence?
  • Does the applicant intend to comply with the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990?
  • Does the applicant have an appropriate program of work and intend to complete it?
  • Does the applicant have the finances to be able to fund the work and complete the rehabilitation?

30%

Merits of the application

  • Evaluation of the program of work
  • Geological rationale and description of targets
  • Experience of company and staff or contractors
  • Proposed expenditure meets or exceeds requirements

40%

Furthering the objectives of the Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990

  • Does the applicant hold other licences in Victoria?
  • Has the applicant developed a mine from an exploration site?

20%

Type of licence being applied for

  • Mining Licence, Retention Licence, Exploration Licence, Prospecting Licence

10%

The highest ranked application will then progress through the licensing assessment process and a decision will be made to either grant the licence or refuse the application.

Should the highest ranking application be refused, the second ranked application will progress through the licensing assessment process.

If you have any further questions please contact Earth Resources Regulation on (03) 8392 7095.