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The Stavely Ground Release

Landholders having a discussion with a minerals explorer.

Minerals exploration and development is an important part of Victoria’s regional economy, bringing investment and jobs to regional areas and communities.

Minerals exploration in Western Victoria

An extensive geoscience program completed by the Geological Survey of Victoria, in partnership with Geoscience Australia and other research partners indicates that a large area in western Victoria known in geological terms as the Stavely Arc has potential for discoveries of copper, gold and other metals.

Discoveries of minerals could bring jobs, investment and other economic benefits to the area’s regional communities.

The Stavely Ground Release

The Victorian Government is tendering 11 new large exploration licence areas (blocks), for minerals exploration in the Stavely Arc (excluding coal and gas exploration), with up to $500,000 in mineral exploration grants per block available, from the Victorian Government’s $15 million TARGET Minerals Exploration Initiative.

The tender is a key part of an ongoing project led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to attract investment in minerals exploration to the region, whilst working with local communities to understand what is important to them, how exploration works and how it’s regulated. 

About the Stavely Ground Release and tender

The tender invites minerals exploration companies to submit an application for the sole right to apply for a minerals exploration licence for one or more of the 11 new minerals exploration licence areas being offered.

Through this tender, DEDJTR is trialling some new approaches to help explorers work more closely with land holders and local communities prior to, and throughout their exploration programs, and to help land holders feel more confident in interacting with explorers.

Read more information for communities and landholders about the tender, minerals exploration, how its regulated and DEDJTR’s approach to encouraging investment in minerals exploration to the region.