Low impact exploration activities within a granted Exploration Licence have low social and environmental impacts.
Before low impact exploration can be carried out on an exploration licence Mawson Gold ensures all the required public liability insurance policies are in place, that environmental bonds have been paid and landowner and/or occupiers’ consents are in place.
Mineral exploration programs typically begin with an initial low impact exploration phase in which large areas are explored to identify unique small target areas. These low impact activities can include geophysical surveys, geological mapping, and selective drilling. All of Mawson Gold’s exploration activities adhere to, and are governed by, the Victorian Government’s Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration. A copy of the code is available at: https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/legislation-and-regulations/guidelines-andcodes-of-practice/code-of-practice-for-mineral-exploration.
At the Clonbinane Goldfield we are using innovative non-ground disturbing technology to carry out three different types of geophysical surveys. These surveys help us to ascertain whether the rocks within the abandoned goldfield have potential for hosting additional gold resources by looking at the rocks’ magnetic, electrical, and gravitational (or density) signatures. These surveys are carried out by local Victorian companies and a majority of the survey is performed by operators on foot. We then combine data from these surveys with geological mapping and historic production reports from the abandoned mines, obtained from the department of Earth Resources, to target selective diamond drill holes.
Our drill program at Clonbinane has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment and the surrounding community. We are using a local drilling company based in Heathcote to complete a diamond drilling program using specially designed light weight, low noise, rubber mounted track rigs. All the drilling is completed on or adjacent to existing tracks so that no clearing of vegetation is required. Also, we only drill during daylight hours from Monday to Friday to minimise any disturbance to the surrounding landholders. At the end of the project all drill holes will be rehabilitated so that no trace of the drilling will be seen.
All staff and contractors working on our exploration tenements are mindful of minimising their impact on the environment and we ensure that no littering occurs and that all waste is removed from the site. It is our intention that there is a high-level of communication with any and all nearby landowners, and that they need to be happy and satisfied that the property is left with the least amount of impact as possible.