Part 2 of the current Regulation procedures requires display of specific types of information for 21 days, on the web-site of the Company -- in this case, the web-site of the parent Company. For more detail, follow this link -- https://www.nsxa.com.au/ftp/news/021732330.PDF. for information as at 29 November, 2016. This set of data was assembled before the Company had retrieved the former WMC I.P. geophysical traverse data across south Clunes, as marked on Figure 1 below.
The required information has 3 sections, as follows --
1 Details of the proposed program of work on the licence.
The applicant for EL 6406 has applied for rights to bedrock, not the surface, except for 4 specified surface areas, each of which is subject to the State Agreement with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation. One area of vacant private land will also be sought to allow surface drilling activity, by agreement with that landowner.
That is, EL 6406 is to be a strata licence, beginning 75 metres below the surface, and thus investigates no land below any persons house or other town development except beyond that specified depth.
Any visitor to Clunes township today who travels either from Creswick, or from Talbot, arrives at Clunes when the road declines into the village along Creswick's Creek. The visitor who approaches Clunes from the south-east or south drives for many kilometres over relatively flat basalt plains. The exploration space of interest to gold seekers is in the bedrock well below those basalt plains. The distance between the surface ( top of basalt lava ) and the top of bedrock is often more than 60 metres. The bedrock is covered by up to 20 metres thickness of gravels and clays, over which the lava flowed on many occasions, to build up a lava thickness of 30 to 50 metres on top of the clays.
In the decade 1865 to 1875, the miners of Clunes found new gold wealth by sinking shafts through basalt and clays, to win gold from the gravels on the top of the bedrock. These same miners persisted, sinking deeper, to find the gold-bearing quartz, resulting in the gold yield recorded for all the years to 1893.
The deeper work showed that between Fraser Street and Alliance Street, the bedrock is substantially disturbed by upheavals -- late faulting, after the formation of the veins. The extent of this vein disturbance is recorded -- see the town survey plans of Thomas Burr (22 September,1864) whose description stands today ---
" primary stratified rock clay slate, covered superficially except where coloured yellow - on his plan - with volcanic - the part marked xxxxx is a dyke of auriferous quartz..."
Given all subsequent work has shown these "dykes" turned out to be evidence of a gold-field of substance, it should not be surprising that modern exploration seeks to probe for more gold resources in this field.
The applicant Bonshaw Gold Pty. Ltd. has no desire to explore between the present surface, and 75 metres below that surface, for any part of the 3 graticules outlined by the boundaries of the licence application plan. The reality is that some locations are required on surface, for work spaces.
The miners of 1865 sank their shafts with advance knowledge obtained by working south, using pot-and-drive procedures through the disturbed ground south of Fraser Street. Those mining works were much like those used today for the development of sewer tunnels. This licence seeks to investigate by diamond drilling from the surface, as the quicker and better alternative to gain knowledge. There is sufficient information available through archived records to allow specification at the surface of the areas required for initial and follow-up drilling.
The reasons for drilling is to investigate further that bedrock which is suspected to have greater prospects for un-mined gold. The places chosen for work are set out on Figures 1,2 & 3,, as appended.
2. Managing Impacts ( if any ) of the proposed work on the community and environment.
Only small spaces within the areas shown on Figure 3 are required for drill site purposes. Each surface work site to be controlled will have dimensions of about 20 metres by 15 metres. These work sites are intended be enclosed by temporary fencing, in the manner common to work sites for builders generally today. Only one work site would be active at any one time.
No decision has yet been made as to supply of water to the drilling rig, but that may be obtained from the standing water in the extensive workings below the lava, or from existing surface ponds.
No work could commence without settlement of access with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation, in accordance with the State Agreement procedures.
Only after the above questions are settled will the then licence holder be in any position to discuss matters of access with local users of Crown lands, occupiers and those landowners with a statutory right to be compensated on account of proximity to a drill site. It is noted that the building of temporary "structures' around a drill rig for the purpose of sound attenuation for the well-being of the wider community require the consent of land occupiers if Crown land. The Company can find no legislative procedure to resolve differences of opinion between holders of rights under an LUAA and persons claiming use rights for occupation of Crown lands.
The environment chosen for drill sites -- see Figure 2 -- is already significantly disturbed, and has remained in that neglected state for decades. There is no existing native vegetation at these sites outlined on Figure 3.. There is no waterway within 200 metres. The Company will take action to leave the site in the same state as it presently exists.
Steps have been taken to include the work under EL 6406 as part of the Public Liability Insurance cover of the parent Company.
3. An outline of the intended means to conduct community engagement .
The Company will seek State authority assurance that the licence is a safe work environment. There will be contact with the local police well before drilling rigs are positioned on site.
Directors of the parent Company will be prevented from releasing funds for the intended work by Corporations Law procedures until such times as there is a belief --- shared with the Clunes residents --- that the publicly known Reportable Events as took place on 2 December 2015 are unlikely to be repeated. That is, a licence has limited asset value in the circumstances where public safety became placed at risk, for no work-related reason, as on that day, when we all observed a condoned attempt at eco-disruption.
To this end, representatives of the parent Company will directly engage with the residents of the township likely to be within 100 metres of a work site, to make sure all persons understand the nature of the intended work, or when it may happen, and the limit of just compensation as set out by law.
All relevant ownership information will be made available to residents and non-resident landowners, as well as to Crown and private land occupiers.
Experience of larger meetings arranged at Clunes has shown those events to be wasteful of time and purpose. Where there is no good reason to engage more broadly, the engagement procedures are intended to be directed to those persons within the closer limits required by statute. The diagrams / information appended shows where initial drill sites are planned, subject to a satisfactory conclusion of all LUAA matters.
The Company places this information on this web-site as instructed by correspondence dated 11 January, 2017, from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The web-site contains information as to how to contact this Company by email or by post mail, for those seeking more specific information. The Company also recommends interested persons view the several Announcements placed on the NSX public internet platform, especially that of 19 January 2017.