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Exploration under the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative

On 22 June 2018, a tender was opened 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.

The tender process was designed to attract companies with the best minerals exploration capability, exploration and community engagement programs, as well as a good history of responsible exploration and community and landholder engagement. Priority was given to exploration for copper, gold and other eligible metals. Exploration for coal and gas is not permitted.

Following assessment of the tenders by an independent panel of experts, six companies have successfully progressed through the tender process for six blocks.

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).

New licences or other authorities under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 cannot be granted over national parks, wilderness parks or State parks under the National Parks Act 1975. This includes the Grampians National Park.

Regionally significant areas, land uses, environmental and heritage features are safeguarded through the regulatory framework outlined in the section on how minerals exploration is regulated in Victoria.

Explorers are required by legislation to ensure they have identified and managed any risks posed by their intended work to the environment, people, land, property or infrastructure.

This same Act sets out requirements of explorers for access to private land such as consultation with land holders, consent, compensation and dispute resolution.

Licence holders are being encouraged to adopt best practice approaches to communication and negotiation with landholders on land access.

The department is progressing improvements to land access arrangements to help landholders feel more confident in interacting with explorers about their exploration programs and land access.

Read more about land access and regulations.