Tatyoon’s golden prospect

Navarre Minerals’ exploration manager Wess Edgar surveying the Tatyoon area. Navarre Minerals diagram showing confi rmed basalt dome targets in the region (highlighted in red) including at Tatyoon where drilling commenced this week.
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TATYOON could be the source of the region’s next gold boom with Navarre Minerals commencing a drilling project this week in search of the precious commodity.

The project includes a reverse circulation and diamond drilling program totalling up to 2000 metres across a stretch of land about 1.5 kilometres long near Tatyoon.

The focus will be to collect samples for testing from an interpreted basalt dome structure deep below the surface, with studies suggesting the potential of mineralised sediments which lead to the formation of gold.

Navarre Minerals managing director Geoff McDermott said the exploration project should last three to four weeks.

“We are trying to have it all done before the cropping season begins, so we are working in with the farmers of the area to make sure we are off the ground and have everything tidied up before they start their operations,” he said.

“We will be doing roughly 2000 metres of drilling over about 10 to 15 holes. Individual holes will be anywhere from about 60 metres deep through to about 300.”

Mr McDermott said percussion drilling is a quick process which sees the equipment hammer through rock to the basalt dome where the sample will be collected and logged with geologists.

While Navarre Minerals is hoping to emulate similar grades of gold that have been discovered at Stawell, Mr McDermott ensured that this is not a mining project.

“We’re not allowed to mine, we have an exploration license and our aim is to prove that there is or isn’t gold in the rocks below,” he said.

“We have done all the groundwork to believe that we have a target there. Stawell is the model that we have been using, the Magdala mine, and they are currently mining at roughly four grams of gold per tonne.

“So if we could see four grams over a distance of four or five metres down that would be pretty good. We are hoping to see not only the gold grade, but rock alteration, so minerals such as sulphide.”

Navarre Minerals held a community consultation meeting last month where representatives informed local residents of the exploration procedure.

If enough gold is discovered in thesamples collected at Tatyoon thatmining is warranted, one suggestionis transporting potential ore by railor road to the Stawell Gold Mines forprocessing.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals, based in Stawell, andlandholders at Tatyoon had cooperatedwell during the testing phaseand hoped that continued as drillingcommenced.

“We had some really good discussionswith the Tatyoon people andwhile they are concerned that explorationis going to lead to a mine, wehave been able to allay a lot of theirfears about what we are trying to do.We have been working very closelywith one of the key landholders thatwe plan to drill on,” he said.

“I think one of the importantpoints is that Navarre Minerals is alocal company that lives and worksin the area. We are not from Perthor Melbourne, we are a part of thecommunity and I think they takecomfort from that fact and that ourreputation means a lot to us.

“Without the landholder consentand them being happy, we can’t doour business. That is what we prideourselves on.”

Ancient seafl oor basalt domes arewhere elements in the Earth’s crustare mineralised into gold.

A large section of WesternVictoria, including Stawell andArarat, sits along a major structurefault which houses a number basaltdomes with potential gold in them.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals was keen to explore anumber of sites in the area to seewhat lies beneath.

“We have just been granted anexploration license that coversfrom Ararat to Great Western andwe believe we have another coupleof these types of targets (similarto Tatyoon) that sit around there,which we will be looking into over thecoming weeks and months,” he said.

“We are excited and have ourfingers crossed. We call the drillrig the ‘truth machine’ and we arehoping that it comes up with somegood results.”

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