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The Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative

Through the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative the department has been taking an integrated approach to encourage investment in minerals exploration, while ensuring factors that are important to local communities are taken into account.

This integrated approach brings together outcomes from a number of programs led by the department, including:

  • Conducting geoscience programs to identify areas that have the most potential for mineral discoveries.
  • Understanding the local land uses, environmental, water, land access and other factors that are most important to the region’s local communities.
  • Identifying and making available areas suitable for minerals exploration in a way that encourages the best exploration programs and explorers who are committed to working more closely with land holders and local communities before, and at all stages of their exploration programs.
  • Engaging with local communities, land holders, councils, water authorities and others in the region, to understand what’s important to them.

The key features of the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative are outlined in more detail below.

Geoscience research to understand the area’s geological potential

An extensive geoscience program named the Stavely Project was recently completed. The program found that the Stavely Arc has the geological potential for new copper, gold and possibly other metals discoveries.

It involved world class research by the Geological Survey of Victoria, Geoscience Australia and other highly regarded research organisations including the Deep Exploration Technology Cooperative Research Centre.

The findings of this research have been publicly released in the form of technical geoscience data packages, reports and soon a three dimensional model of the regional geology.

This material helps minerals explorers understand where mineral discoveries may be found, and helps them focus their exploration efforts.

Land use planning to understand factors important to communities

Detailed studies and consultation have been undertaken by the department involving local stakeholders in the Stavely Arc region.

This helped to build understanding of the land uses, land planning, environmental, water and heritage features within the region that are most important to local communities, and to consider whether minerals exploration (given the way it is regulated) might affect these features.

The department used this work to help identify which areas are suitable for minerals exploration. The studies and consultation with regional leaders concluded that the sensitive areas identified were generally well safeguarded from any potential adverse effects from minerals exploration by existing legislation and land planning processes and controls.

Engaging with local communities and other stakeholders

Engagement with community leaders and stakeholders has occurred over a number of years to learn about the region’s experiences with minerals exploration and to help farmers, other stakeholders and community members better understand the region’s geology, minerals exploration and how it’s regulated. The department is looking forward to continuing this engagement throughout the tender.

Community information sessions and events will be held throughout the Stavely region at a number of locations.

Releasing ground that is suitable for exploration, via tender

The ground which is part of the tender is divided into 11 exploration licence areas, each varying in size between around 750 km2 and 950 km2.

Map showing the Stavely Ground Release area and exploration blocks.