North Central Victorian Goldfields Ground Release information sessions

Information sessions – November 2021

On 29 October 2021, the Victorian Government announced the successful North Central Victorian Goldfield Ground Release tenderers.

The successful tenderers, Fosterville Gold Mine Pty Ltd and Southern Star Exploration Pty Ltd, have now progressed to the minerals exploration licensing phase which is conducted by Earth Resources Regulation.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions held three online information sessions to update local communities on potential minerals exploration in their area following the tender announcements.  The sessions outlined the minerals exploration licensing process and, for local communities, how they can have a say.

Before any of the minerals exploration licences can be granted to the successful tenderers, the public has an opportunity to make submissions in relation to the licence applications for a 21-day period. In Victoria, explorers require landholder consent before they can access privately owned land and commence exploration activities. We’ll also provide information about the obligations of explorers and environmental safeguards.

For more information about these sessions, please contact Senior Engagement Officer Donna Mongan on 0436 662 399.

Future presentations and briefings

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions regularly conducts briefings and presentations and holds information sessions to provide communities across Victoria with a better understanding of minerals exploration activities and how the minerals sector is regulated.Through future sessions regarding the North Central Victorian Goldfields Ground Release, you’ll also learn more about your rights during minerals exploration and land access consent and compensation agreements.

Past information sessions

Online community information sessions were held in March 2021 to provide an update on the status of the ground release tender.


Future sessions will be posted here and advertised.

If you cannot attend a pre-planned session and want to invite us to your own small group meeting, let us know.

You can register your interest using the form below.

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For any other enquiries please contact:

Donna Mongan, Senior Engagement Officer, Minerals Development Victoria

Page last updated: 03 Jun 2022