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Information for Communities


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

Western Victoria has a long history of continuous exploration for minerals such as gold and other metals.  In fact, over the last decade, an average of around 26 per cent of land in Victoria has been under minerals exploration licences.

Attracting new investment to western Victoria – the Stavely ground release

New scientific research indicates that there is potential for discoveries of copper, gold and other metals to be made in western Victoria.

The department has released ground (11 blocks) for minerals exploration in an area known in geological terms as the Stavely Arc. To encourage responsible minerals explorers with good work programs, social values and a commitment to working with local communities and landholders, a tender is being held to select the best explorers to have the right to apply for a minerals exploration licence.

Map of the Stavely Ground Release area<</h2>Map showing the Stavely Ground Release area and exploration blocks.

Find out more

Department staff are holding information sessions for local communities and landholders across the region, starting in July 2018.


Did you know?

Minerals exploration projects usually start with activities which have no or low impact on the ground (like surveying or soil sampling) over larger areas. As the explorer learns more about the geology, they refine their exploration program to focus progressively on much smaller areas within the minerals licence boundary.