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The Stavely Ground Release

On 22 June 2018, the Victorian Minister for Resources opened a tender for the exclusive right to be considered for a minerals exploration licence over one or more of eleven blocks offered in an area within western Victoria known in geological terms as the Stavely Arc. The tender closed on 15 August 2018.

Following assessment of tenders by an independent panel of experts, on 22 October 2018, the Minister for Resources Tim Pallas announced that six companies had successfully progressed through the tender process for six blocks.

These companies will share more than $2 million in TARGET minerals exploration grants and will likely spend more than ten times this amount on their exploration programs.

A brief summary of each company, proposed exploration program and contact person for queries is provided below:

Block Company name Map and company details Licence application number Last date for receipt of objections
1 Westrock Minerals Block 1 Westrock MineralsBlock 1 - Westrock Minerals (PDF 468.97 KB)PDF icon EL006869 12/12/2018
3 Stavely Minerals  Block 3 Stavely MineralsBlock 3 Stavely Minerals (PDF 178.2 KB)PDF icon EL006870 30/11/2018
4 Gippsland Prospecting  Block 4 Gippsland ProspectingBlock 4 - Gippsland Prospecting (PDF 177.19 KB)PDF icon EL006871 05/12/2018
9 Century Minerals Block 9 Century MineralsBlock 9 - Century Minerals (PDF 177.75 KB)PDF icon EL006872 30/11/2018
10 WIM Resource Block 10 WIM ResourceBlock 10 - WIM Resource (PDF 136.62 KB)PDF icon EL006873 30/11/2018
11 P.S & G.F. Forwood Block 11 P.S & G.F. Forwood Block 11 - PS&GF Forwood (PDF 141.95 KB)PDF icon EL006874 13/12/2018

Frequently Asked Questions Stavely tender outcomes - frequently asked questions (PDF 78.94 KB)PDF icon

Further information for local communities and landholders

The licensing process

Successful tenderers have not been granted minerals exploration licences – their applications will be considered for a licence under the process and requirements for licensing outlined in the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (MRSDA).

The MRSDA includes provisions for anyone to make an objection to a licence application for mineral or extractive exploration, retention, mining and prospecting licence.

More information about the licencing process, including submitting an objection to a licence.

Engaging with local communities and landholders

The department is engaging with local communities in the Stavely Arc region as part of its ongoing engagement program. As part of this program, the department held nine community information pop-in sessions across the Stavely Arc in July and August 2018, to help locals understand more about minerals exploration, how it is regulated, and the Stavely Ground Release Tender. The department will continue engaging with locals throughout the licensing process, to help local communities and answer any questions. This will include meeting in person and through its newsletter for communities.

Licence holders are required to engage with landholders and local communities about their exploration programs, through their programs.

Further information for local communities and landholders.

More information about minerals exploration

See information about minerals exploration.

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 recently tendered 11 new large exploration licence areas (blocks), for minerals exploration in the Stavely Arc (excluding coal and gas exploration). To attract the best minerals explorers, the Victorian Government made available up to $500,000 in minerals exploration grants per block, from the $15 million TARGET Minerals Exploration Initiative.

The tender is a key part of an ongoing program led by the department to attract investment in minerals exploration to the region, whilst working with local communities to understand what is important to them, help local communities understand more about minerals exploration and how it's regulated.

The tender invited minerals exploration companies to submit an application for the sole right to apply for a minerals exploration licence for one or more of the blocks being offered.

Through this tender and licensing process, the department is putting in place some new approaches to help minerals explorers work more closely with landholders and local communities prior to, and throughout their minerals exploration programs, to improve land access arrangements and support for landholders and to help landholders feel more confident in interacting with explorers.