Caramut

Quick Facts

Tenement number: EL008489
Granted Date: Still in Application
Primary mineral to be explored: Base Metals and Gold
Secondary minerals: Platinum and Silver

Figure 1: Mineral Exploration Licence EL008489 Map

Figure 2: Mineral Exploration Licence EL008489 Location Map

Notice of an Application for an Exploration Licence

On 18 April 2024, Syndicate Minerals Pty Ltd (“Company”) lodged an Exploration Licence Application in Caramut, Narreb, and Chatsworth town areas in the Moyne, Southern Grampians and Ararat Local Government Areas indicated on the map below.

The Company is an exploration company established in 2019 with the initial purpose of revitalised gold exploration within Victoria and New South Wales. The Company seeks the area for exploration for base metals (copper / lead / zinc) and gold. The Company believes that utilisation of modern exploration techniques is essential to determine the prospectivity of the area and potentially work towards the development of a resource definition.

1. Work Program

A program of proposed staged exploration activities is set out below – exploration may be accelerated or moderated dependent upon success, staff availability and funding.

Year 1 proposed work program involves compiling and reviewing past exploration data, acquiring historic reports and government records, and generating preliminary targets based on data analysis. On-ground activities include site visits to assess access, negotiating land access agreements, and potentially conducting rock chip sampling in targeted areas. Subsurface activities are not planned for Year 1.

In Year 2 of the proposed work program, office-based activities will focus on identifying drilling targets. On-ground exploration activities will include geochemical sampling and analysis, as well as the utilisation of remote sensing to generate exploration targets. Additional activities will involve soil sampling and stream sediment sampling. Sub-surface activities will commence with drilling if sufficient confidence in targets is established following the completion of exploration activities. The specific locations and focus of Year 2 exercises, along with location maps, will be determined after Year 1 of the Work Program is completed.

In Year 3, the program will continue with office-based activities focused on identifying drilling targets based on the results obtained from Years 1 and 2. On-ground exploration activities will include geochemical sampling and analysis, and remote. Soil sampling and stream sediment sampling will also be conducted. Sub-surface activities will proceed with drilling if there is sufficient confidence in the identified targets after completing exploration activities. The specific locations and focus of Year 3 exercises, along with location maps, will be determined after Year 2 of the Work Program is completed.

In Year 4, on-ground exploration activities will encompass geochemical sampling and analysis and remote sensing. Additionally, soil sampling and stream sediment sampling will be carried out. Sub-surface activities will involve drilling if there is adequate confidence in the identified targets following exploration activities. The specific locations and focus of Year 4 exercises, along with location maps, will be determined after Year 3 of the Work Program is completed.

In Year 5, on-ground exploration activities will include geochemical sampling and analysis, remote sensing, soil sampling, and stream sediment sampling. Sub-surface activities will involve drilling if there is enough confidence in the identified targets following exploration activities. The specific locations and focus of Year 5 exercises, along with location maps, will be determined after Year 4 of the Work Program is completed.

2. Applicant's systems for managing impacts of the proposed work on the community (including landowners and occupiers) and the environment

The Company recognises that its exploration activities may have an environmental and community impacts which will affect its licence to operate in the Hamilton region of Victoria. The Company is committed to operating in both an ethical and sustainable manner that minimises negative impacts on the community (including landowners and occupiers) and the environment.

The Company will ensure that the proposed exploration program for EL008489 will be well planned and managed to ensure that it has little or no lasting impact on the environment and imposes minimal disruption to the surrounding communities.

To properly manage the impact of the proposed work on the community and environment, all activities will be carried out in accordance with the Licence Conditions and Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development Act) 1990 (VIC) (“Code of Practice”). Among other things, this includes the following practices:

  • Ensure that all soil imported into the exploration licence area is free of disease and noxious weeds;

  • Every effort will be made to minimise the risk and impacts of spills or leaks;

  • Minimise the spread of noxious weeds, pest animals and plant diseases whilst undertaking exploration activities;

  • Adhere to any biosecurity protocols that have been adopted on private land;

  • Design, install and maintain erosion and sediment controls to prevent erosion of areas of disturbed land and sedimentation of waterway;

  • Take all reasonable measures to prevent contamination of the environment by the release of fuels, lubricants and hazardous materials;

  • Ensure that spills of hazardous materials are cleaned up as soon as practicable;

  • Ensure that Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage is not harmed as a result of works undertaken within the exploration licence area;

  • Prior to undertaking any exploration activities, develop and implement a fire response and readiness plan;

  • Ensure all waste generated on site is disposed of at an appropriate waste management facility;

  • Potentially select, establish and manage campsites to minimise risks to the environment and/or the health and safety of people;

  • Ensure that noise generated by exploration activities does not exceed limits set by the Environment Protection Authority and the Local Council;

  • Establish dust control measures to prevent adverse impacts as a result of the release of dust, odour and/or emission of light;

  • Ensure livestock disturbance, noise, access and exclusion areas as well as rehabilitation issues are addressed in the compensation agreement to the satisfaction of the landowner/occupier;

  • Prior to commencing ground intrusive work or work involving the removal or damaging of native vegetation under the definition of low impact exploration, the Company is required by the Code of Practice to submit a rehabilitation bond to the satisfaction of the Minister;

  • Where possible, use existing roads and tracks for vehicles and machinery. Exploration works will be planned to use the existing roads as much as possible;

  • As is recommended practice, all vehicles, plant and machinery will be thoroughly cleaned prior to mobbing to a new site or location. Soil and organic matter will be removed from vehicles and equipment prior to moving between areas of EL008489;

  • The Company will comply with the Environment Protection Act 1970 (VIC) and the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP): Waters of Victoria (2003) and any other relevant legislation;

  • Take all reasonable measures to prevent adverse impacts of establishing costeans, drill holes, bulk sample excavations and trenches to the environment and/or health and safety of people; and

  • Ensure that disturbed areas are rehabilitated as soon as possible after the completion of exploration works.


3. How the applicant intends to meet its obligation under Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (Vic) to consult with the community (including landowners and occupiers)

Syndicate Minerals Pty Ltd is required by Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (VIC) (“MRSDA Act”) to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence by:

  • Sharing with the community information about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community; and

  • Giving members of the community a reasonable opportunity to express their views about those activities.

The Company endeavours to uphold the highest corporate, social and environmental standards and recognises the importance of building respectful and inclusive relationships with our stakeholders, communities and governing organisations. The Company is committed to open and transparent communication with the community in which it operates. The Company aims to actively manage the impact of our activities through the continued consideration and response to the interests and concerns of the local community.

The Company believes the community has the right to be informed and involved in decisions that will affect their area, lifestyles and interests. Accordingly, the Company is committed to establishing a thorough understanding of the concerns and needs of the community, so that these may addressed to the highest degree possible. To do so, the Company is committed to employing methods that allow for inclusive and accessible feedback mechanisms.

The Company will consult with the community (including landowners and occupiers) concerning the proposed exploration licence. The Company is committed to establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all community stakeholders and will consult with community stakeholders regarding a variety of relevant issues, including land access and impact, infrastructure, water, special local land issues, vehicle movements, sensitive flora and fauna, and heritage sites. The community consultation will take place before any disruptive field operations take place.

The Company plans to conduct the following community consultation activities:

  • Identify the potential impacts of exploration activities on relevant stakeholders;

  • Utilise face to face meetings and one on one conversations, to establish clear, open and ongoing channels of communication with all relevant stakeholders and ensure they are aware of any real and potential impacts;

  • Respond to stakeholder concerns in a timely, transparent and effective manner;

  • Establish a stakeholder Complaints Register;

  • Establishing stakeholder feedback mechanisms and demonstrate how feedback contributes to decision making;

  • Maintain records of community engagement activities;

  • Inform the chief executive of the municipalities within the exploration licence area of the proposed works and estimate duration, in writing, at least seven (7) days prior to commencing work under an approved work plan and provide further information as appropriate during the term of the licence;

  • Respect the rights, cultural beliefs and concerns of all parties having an interest in the land (and waters) within and surrounding the exploration project area;

  • If applicable, enlist local knowledge and relevant authorities in the design of the exploration works; and

  • Prior to designing and constructing geophysical and geochemical surveys, consult with the private landowner/occupier about the position of gridlines and geophysical lines.