Stavely ground release

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Community Information Sessions – Stavely Block 3

Attracting new investment to western Victoria

Minerals exploration and development are important to Victoria’s economy, bringing investment and jobs to regional areas and communities. Currently around 47 per cent of Victoria is under exploration.

New geoscientific research indicates there is potential for discoveries of copper, gold and other metals to be made in western Victoria. The region has a long history of continuous exploration for minerals.

Through the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative, and the Stavely Ground Release tender, the department is encouraging minerals exploration and development in a way that is compatible with agriculture and supports the state’s economic, social and environmental objectives to benefit all Victorians.

Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative

The department has undertaken a comprehensive work program, known as the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative.

Activities undertaken as part of the initiative include:

  • Geoscience programs identifying areas with the most potential for mineral discoveries.
  • Consultation with regional community leaders about land uses and key environmental, water, cultural and other assets.
  • An assessment of existing legislation and land planning processes to confirm sensitive areas would be protected.
  • Making available areas suitable for minerals exploration to encourage the best exploration programs.
  • Identifying explorers who are committed to working closely with landholders and local communities from start to finish.

Frequently asked questions

More information for the community

Stavely Ground Release Tender

On 22 June 2018, the department released ground (11 blocks) for minerals exploration in an area known in geological terms as the Stavely Arc.

A competitive merit-based tender was held to encourage responsible minerals explorers with good work programs and a commitment to working with local communities and landholders to apply. The successful tenderers were then eligible to progress through the licensing process to obtain minerals exploration licences.

On 22 October 2018, the Victorian Government announced that the tenders of six companies had been successful and these companies would be allowed to apply for Minerals Exploration Licences. The successful companies were selected against pre-determined criteria assessed by an independent panel of experts.

As at 30 August 2021, licences have been granted for five blocks. The remaining block is currently progressing through Native Title “future acts” assessment. A “future act” is any activity in relation to Crown land that may affect any Native Title Act 1993 right and interest and includes a grant of a licence over Crown land. Together, the companies will share more than $2 million in TARGET minerals exploration grants and will likely spend more than 10 times this amount on their exploration programs.

A brief summary of each company, block location, proposed exploration program, and contact details are provided below:

Block Company name Map and company details Licence application number Date licensed
1 Westrock Minerals Pty Ltd EL006869 27 April 2020
3 Stavely Minerals Limited EL006870 30 August 2021
4 Gippsland Prospecting Pty Ltd (Battery Minerals) EL006871 15 October 2020
9 Century Minerals Pty Ltd EL006872 Application under assessment
10 WIM Resource Pty Ltd EL006873 23 September 2019
11 P.S & G.F Forwood Pty Ltd EL006874 18 March 2019

Page last updated: 08 Oct 2021