Stavely ground release
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. Over the past decade, about 30 per cent of Victoria has been under minerals exploration licences.
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 of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 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.
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 15 October 2020, licences have been granted for four blocks. The remaining two blocks are 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||Application under assessment|
|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: 02 Jun 2021