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For Explorers


The Stavely Ground Release Tender

The Stavely Ground Release is an early stage minerals exploration opportunity in an area shown to be prospective, backed by new geoscience and minerals exploration grants

New copper and gold opportunities

A tender is now open for 11 new minerals exploration licence areas (blocks) in the southern part of the Stavely Arc in western Victoria, of between around 750km2 and 950km2 each.

The tender is supported by extensive new pre-competitive geoscience data packages and reports, and includes the opportunity to apply for up to $500,000 in exploration grant co-funding per block (to be matched by the tenderer), from the Victorian Government’s $15 million TARGET Minerals Exploration Initiative’s grants program.


The tender closes on 15 August 2018 at 5pm AEST.

Demonstrated prospectivity

World class pre-competitive geoscience carried out over six years has shown western Victoria to be prospective for copper deposits, gold and other metals.

The Stavely Project, a geoscience collaboration involving Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Victoria, the Deep Exploration Technology Cooperative Research Centre and other partners, has produced a suite of new pre-competitive geoscience data, a Regional Synthesis and a 3D geological model of the area.

In addition to new pre-competitive geoscience, the Victorian Government’s work program referred to as the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative has included land planning, and engagement with industry and local stakeholders to inform identification of ground suitable to release and tender for minerals exploration.

This Initiative is reducing mineral exploration risk and helping communities understand and feel more confident in future minerals exploration in Victoria.

Why invest in this opportunity?

  • Large, prospective licence areas available
  • Access to a large new suite of quality pre-competitive geoscience data, reports and models on the Stavely Project area
  • Exploration grant co-funding of up to $500,000 per block is being offered by the Victorian Government, as part of the tender – TARGET exploration grants program
  • Victoria has sophisticated transport and energy infrastructure, established markets and export pathways to Asia and other markets
  • Victoria is a strong economy with low sovereign risk
  • Victoria has a long and successful history of minerals development and remains committed to minerals exploration