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Ted leads the Mineral Resources Division, within the South Australian Department of State Development.
He is responsible for overseeing and supporting all aspects of the State’s mineral exploration and mining and quarrying sectors including state-wide geoscience and exploration initiative programs, the regulation of mineral tenements and mineral exploration activities, strategic land access programs and the lead assessment, approval and regulation of the State’s major mines, extractive, industrial minerals and opal mining operations.
Ted’s Division also has a strong focus on economic development and supporting mineral discovery and mining development through the Geological Survey of South Australia, Resource Information and the well regarded Plan for Accelerating Exploration – PACE Copper - and the State’s unique case management service for major mining projects.
Ted has more than 40 years government, academic and industry experience across Australia and around the world in geoscience mapping, airborne and ground exploration geophysics and in leading major government geoscience, collaborative research and regulatory programs. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Geophysics and a PhD (University of NSW) for his research in mineral exploration geophysics.
Martin (Marty) Moloney is a geologist who commenced working underground at Mt Isa in 1996. He graduated with Honours in Applied Science from QUT in 1999. Marty has international experience in minerals exploration for a variety of base / precious metals and uranium working for junior explorers, mid-tier producers, a boutique generative consultancy, plus geophysical and GIS service / software providers.
The western margin of the Gawler Craton had been recognised for many years as being prospective for nickel sulphide deposits. Iluka’s locally extensive exploration lease holdings and proprietary geoscientific database, was a motivating factor in establishing a dedicated “New Commodity” group in order to evaluate the potential for base and precious metal deposits both there and across the company’s extensive tenure holdings.
This presentation will review the exploration programs conducted by Iluka from 2013-2016 which were focussed on generating nickel sulphide targets in the region around the Jacinth Ambrosia heavy mineral deposit and provide new insights into the geology of this highly prospective, but extensively covered, Proterozoic terrain.
Nicole is a geologist (and gemmologist) with over 25 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and South America. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining; with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium.
She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of the AIG, and Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia.
Nicole is also Chairperson – Exploration Committee, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).
A co-funded technical collaboration between government (Department of State Development, South Australian-PACE Initiative, CSIRO and Geoscience Australia) and industry (PepinNini), completed a regional Airborne Electromagnetic Survey in October 2016. This Survey captured approximately 16,000km of new data over the central and eastern Musgrave Province of South Australia covering 55% of PepinNini tenure.
This is the first time in 14 years new regional datasets have been generated over the highly prospective Proterozoic Province allowing advanced remote exploration to prioritise exploration targets. In partnership with CSIRO follow up infill surveys have been completed over priority areas and conductive targets.
PepinNini’s presentation will provide an update on their Musgrave Project and future exploration programs.
Tony Belperio has an Honours Degree in Geology from The University of Adelaide and a PhD from James Cook University of North Queensland. He currently holds the position of Executive Director of Business Development with Minotaur Exploration, having previously held the positions of Chief Geologist and Director of Exploration with Minotaur. Tony played a key role in the exploration strategy and target selection that led to the Prominent Hill discovery in 2001 and the Artemis ISCG discovery in Queensland in 2014.
Intensive exploration for IOCG – related copper-gold in both the Gawler Craton and the Cloncurry District over the past 10 years has led to a greater appreciation of IOCG alteration and mineralisation styles. Extensive outcrop and shallow cover in the Cloncurry district has resulted in many more styles iron related mineralisation, including iron sulphide-, iron carbonate- and calcsilicate- alteration styles. Although the Gawler Craton remains the premier IOCG exploration address, there is much still to be uncovered by utilising other models hitherto largely overlooked. This presentation wil look critically at several such models and how they are being applied at the Prominent Hill joint venture project between Minotaur and Oz Minerals.
Managing Director Mithril Resources Ltd
Coompana – hunting elephants in South Australia’s far west
David commenced his executive management career after 19 years working in a range of senior operational roles with the MIM Group, Forrestania Gold, Western Metals, LionOre Australia and Breakaway Resources.
David has been a Managing Director of ASX – listed resource companies for the last 7 years during which time he has strategically re-positioned them in response to prevailing economic conditions, raised over $10M in working capital, negotiated multiple joint venture agreements, and overseen the delineation of two base metal deposits.
He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree majoring in Geology from Monash University, Victoria, is a Fellow of AusIMM, and a Member of the AIG.
OZ Minerals Limited (ASX: OZL) and Mithril Resources Ltd (ASX: MTH) have entered into a Heads of Agreement to explore seven exploration licences in South Australia’s far western Coompana Province for magmatic nickel – copper sulphide deposits.
The partnership will utilise the experience of Mithril’s exploration team which has a proven track record in the discovery and development of nickel / copper mineral deposits in Australia and builds on the back of the State Government’s Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE 2020).
The South Australian Government PACE initiative has collected and released a comprehensive geoscientific data set over the Coompana Province which includes high resolution aeromagnetic, seismic survey data and magnetotelluric data. In addition, an extensive ground gravity survey is planned for Q4, 2016.
Mithril’s presentation to the 2016 South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference will provide an update on the project and future work plans.
Consultant - Brewer Geological Services
Further definition of tin mineralisation in the Mesoproterozoic Prospect Hill Tin Project, Northern Flinders Ranges; insights for tin exploration in South Australia
Consulting exploration geologist since 2000 working in Australia, China and New Zealand, having previously held senior exploration positions in central and eastern Australia. Has been involved with the discovery of the Weda Bay Nickel Deposit in Indonesia and the Oakdale Graphite Deposit on Eyre Peninsula together with several other significant resources.
Recent exploration has located four new tin-bearing zones in the Prospect Hill region. They are mineralogically and chemically distinct from each other and from previously known and defined mineralisation. The observed zonation may indicate pathways to the source of the mineralisation and has implications for exploration in similar aged units in South Australia.
Chris is a geologist and the Managing Director of Adelaide Resources Limited. He is a member of the AusIMM, the AIG, the AICD and the GSA.
He studied geology at Macquarie University in Sydney and at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, graduating in 1984.
Chris worked in underground nickel mines at Kambalda in WA and the Hellyer Pb-Zn-Ag underground mine in western Tasmania before moving into exploration. He has explored for a range of commodities including gold, nickel, copper, lead-zinc-silver, iron ore, uranium and mineral sands in SA, NT, QLD, WA and VIC.
Chris was part of the team that discovered the Barns and Baggy Green gold deposits.
Adelaide Resources discovered the Barns gold deposit in 2000 and the nearby Baggy Green deposit in 2003 by drilling calcrete gold geochemistry targets. The deposits
fall in the Central Gawler Gold Province but represented true greenfields discoveries in a district with no known historical gold occurrences.
In 2016 a maiden Mineral Resource comprising 2.1Mt at 1.6g/t gold for 107,000 ounces was estimated for the Barns deposit. Barns remains open down-dip and to the south and can grow with further drilling, while Baggy Green and other nearby prospects show excellent potential to contribute further ounces. Work to build the local resource base and assess mine development options is underway.
Bruno Seneque is a mining finance professional who has focused his career in the mining industry and has accumulated 18 years’ experience with producing mining companies and explorers in various roles including as CEO and managing director, executive general management, CFO, company secretarial services, corporate and mine site accounting. His career has seen an active involvement in ASX listed companies in every stage from exploration to production. Bruno was previously Managing Director of Fox Resources Ltd, which operated the Radio Hill nickel/copper mine in Karratha, North Western Australia.
Tyranna is a gold exploration company focused on the large Jumbuck Gold Project in the Northern Gawler Block of South Australia. An 8,300 metre drilling campaign is currently underway. Jumbuck is a highly prospective and underexplored area, similar in style to the Albany/Fraser belt adjacent to the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia which is host to the large Tropicana gold deposit. Tyranna controls over 8,000 km2 of ground in this area, which also hosts the Challenger gold mine (owned by WPG Resources Ltd). Challenger has produced in excess of 1 million ounces of gold to date. The Jumbuck Project has numerous gold occurrences over large areas with strong potential for significant resources of shallow oxide ore and repeat Challenger style deposits. Tyranna’s strategy is to target those more advanced gold prospects which are situated within 50 km’s of the Challenger gold processing operations.
Kevin is a geologist with over 40 years’ experience in multi-commodity exploration, mine operations and corporate management. He has been involved in, or responsible for, the discovery of eight economic mineral deposits. Was the former Managing Director of Flinders Mines Limited for ten years since inception. Recently working as Chief Consulting Geologist with Marmota Limited since March 2016. Founder of the SA Exploration and Mining Conference in 2004 and has since been Chairman of the organising committee.
Marmota Limited has two interesting advanced mineral exploration projects on the Gawler Craton. They are located on either side of the Craton about 600 kilometres apart. Gold mineralisation at the Aurora Tank Gold project, located about 50 kilometres northeast of the Challenger Gold Mine, was discovered by drilling calcrete gold anomalies in May 1999. After several phases of drill testing between 1999 and 2015, in September 2016, Marmota drilled 98 new holes which located a new zone of mineralisation about 500 metres long.
Marmota also located significant new copper mineralisation in March 2014 at the Champion Project located in the Moonta Wallaroo district about 100 kilometres northwest of Adelaide. Project information was recently reviewed and an exploration model of the geology and mineralisation derived. Mineralisation appears to consist of disseminated chalcopyrite and oxidised equivalents in Wanderah Formation metasediments. A JORC Compliant Exploration Target has been established and number of significant intersections remain open to be followed up by a new drilling program in early 2017.
Steve Shedden is a minerals geologist with over 40 years’ industry experience. A graduate of the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries and its successor institutions, he has wide corporate and field experience in exploration and mining in Australia, Papua New Guinea and South America. Mr Shedden founded three ASX-listed minerals companies; Gindalbie Metals Limited (1993), Oroya Mining Limited (2002), and Argentina Mining Limited (2010), in all of which he held senior management roles, before establishing Torrens in 2014.
Torrens acquired the Mt Gunson Project for its potential to yield a large increase in enterprise value by bringing the established sedimentary-hosted Windabout and MG14 copper-cobalt-silver deposits to production. These Stuart Shelf deposits, discovered in the 1970’s, remain in the ground due to poor copper recoveries from conventional flotation of the ultra-fine grained sulphides. Torrens is working to demonstrate that adding a patented cyanide-glycine leach to the mineral processing route may deliver the required cost-effective recoveries of both copper and cobalt. Torrens is also looking to revitalize exploration for new discoveries of sedimentary-hosted copper and deep IOCG deposits at Mt Gunson
Managing Director of Investigator Resources since the Company’s listing in 2007, John is a successful minerals explorer of 40-years’ experience previously with Aberfoyle and MIM. He initiated an innovative research-based strategy in establishing Investigator’s resource opportunities in South Australia.
The presentation will include descriptions of:-
• The development pathway for the flagship Paris silver project northwest of Kimba
• Breakthrough targets for porphyry copper-gold of Olympic Dam age near Paris
• Re-invigoration of Tier 1 IOCG copper gold targets in the southern Olympic Dam belt
• A major geological reset with expanding potential for Archaean nickel and other metals.
Gavin England has worked for Magnetite Mines for 7 years and is currently the General Manager. Has a degree in geology from Curtin University and PhD from the University of Western Australia. He has had a career in academia, mining, and oil and gas that has covered 20 years or so.
The presentation is an introduction to geometallurgy of the Razorback deposit and other areas of the Mawson Iron Project. This is a story where due to tough economic times and a small budget, a geologist tries to reinvent himself as a metallurgist to improve the understanding of a deposit.
David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, with significant experience managing exploration and mining operations. Prior to founding Renascor, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide-based companies, Heathgate Resources and Quasar Resource and President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation, a uranium marketing and trading company.
The Siviour Graphite Deposit
Mr Ingle is a geologist, having graduated with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in geology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Mr Ingle has been General Manager with Iron Road since its inception in 2008 and has approximately 30 years’ experience in the resources and engineering industry in southern Africa and Australia. His work experience encompasses underground mining, tunnelling, quarrying, mineral exploration, project development and business improvement. He has held senior positions with various global companies such as LHPC (JV), Barrick Gold Corporation and Rio Tinto.
Iron Road Limited (ASX:IRD) is an Adelaide-based resources company and the developer of the US$4 billion Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP) located on the central Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The proposed CEIP development comprises a magnetite mining and minerals processing operation, together with rail, power, water supply and deep sea port required to support the operation and provide the logistics chain to market. In early 2016 a strategic co-operation agreement was signed with China Railway Group Limited (CREC), Asia’s largest integrated construction group. This agreement includes a commercialisation programme with the aim to reach a Final Investment Decision (FID) by 2017. Government approvals for all CEIP components are expected by December 2016.
Joe is leading a team to reopen the high value Bird-in-Hand Gold mine near Woodside and progressing the Tala Hamza Zinc project in Algeria. Since completing his Bachelor of Engineering in Mining at the University of South Australia in 1993, he has worked for mining companies and contractors across Australia and in South Africa. Joe holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate with similar qualifications and recognition in SA, NT and NSW. With an extensive knowledge of hard rock mining for gold, iron ore, silver, lead, zinc and copper (both underground and open cut) he has held roles covering greenfield approvals, operations and mine closure.
Terramin is a South Australian based mining and exploration company. In 2013 it purchased the high grade Bird-in-Hand Gold project with the aim of establishing a low impact conventional underground mine at Woodside. Bird-in-Hand deposit has an upgraded Resource of 252,000 ounces with an exceptional average grade of 13.3g/t. The mineralisation is open along strike and at depth. Key to the project’s success is utilising Terramin’s existing processing facility at the Angas Zinc Mine (Strathalbyn) to beneficiate the gold ore. The facility is located approximately 50km by existing road network and can process the ore to produce gold dorè and a gold concentrate for international sale or other domestic recovery options. Terramin is currently working with regulators and consultants to progress the environmental, engineering and social approvals required to establish this high value asset for the state of South Australia.
Dr Parker is a geologist and geophysicist with extensive knowledge of the geology, mineral deposits and mineralizing systems in the Gawler Craton in South Australia.
He was formerly Chief Geologist with the mapping branch of the SA Geological Survey where he initiated the GIS system that has now become SARIG but has spent the last 23 years in mineral exploration.
He is a former Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow where he studied Lake Superior-style banded iron formations at the Minnesota Geological Survey, and has made a major contribution to the identification and delineation of iron ore, graphite and other mineral resources on Eyre Peninsula.
The Kookaburra Gully Graphite Project, located 35 kilometres north of Port Lincoln, was granted a Mining Lease by the SA Department of State Development on 3 June 2016.
Lincoln is now in the throes of finalising plans to convert this flagship flake graphite deposit into a mine. The project is in the PEPR approvals phase. The PEPR (Program for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation) requires a more definitive project definition, so that mitigation and management of environmental impacts and risks including flora and fauna, surface water, groundwater and mine rehabilitation can be defined.
Kookaburra Gully is Australia’s premier graphite deposit and has total Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources of 2.20 million tonnes grading on average 15.1% Total Graphitic Carbon (TGC). Based on grade, this places it within the Top 10 global graphite deposits, including deposits in China.
Metallurgical tests on Kookaburra Gully’s mineralisation have shown that the deposit can produce a range of flake graphite products from very fine (<75 microns) to large (>176 microns) flake at grades of 93% to 99.9% TGC.
Lincoln has set its sights firmly on taking Kookaburra Gully to critical development and commercialisation milestones over the next 12 months.
Lincoln is targeting production of 40,000 tonnes per annum of high grade concentrate from Kookaburra Gully giving it a mine life in excess of 7 years. With a further Inferred Mineral Resource of 1.85 million tonnes at an average grade of 9.8% TGC at the historic Koppio Graphite Mine and large exploration targets at Kookaburra Gullly Extended all within a radius of 5 kilometres from Kookaburra Gully, Lincoln is looking forward to extending its graphite mining operations well beyond 7 years.
Jonathon is a Mining engineer with more than 28 years’ experience in the mining industry, both in Australia and overseas, holding senior positions with Homestake, Terramin, BHPB and Golders. He has a rounded experience in operational, project and technical management from greenfield exploration through to feasibility studies and operations. He also has corporate experience as a Director of both private and listed companies.
Hills Equity is founder of two start-up companies. Resilience Mining Australia (RMA) and Resilience Mining Mongolia (RMM). RMA is developing an Australian copper oxide project that is ready to produce. RMM is negotiating to secure one of several projects that it has short listed after technically reviewing over 70 projects in Mongolia.
Resilience Mining Australia has recently acquired Leigh Creek Copper Mine. Over the last 18 months, a team of twenty-four experienced professionals have contributed to developing the Project to the stage where LCCM is ready to become a copper producer again, pending approvals. The cornerstone of the development strategy for LCCM provides opportunity now to execute just three years of low risk copper production. Based around the re- treatment of old heaps and mining the Lynda deposit which contains few in-situ fines. In addition, a pipeline of five other minable deposits on the Mining Leases, ready for development, offers a consolidated pathway to regional growth in a highly prospective copper region.
Kathy is a geologist with over 30 years experience in the geothermal and mining industries. She has worked at Olympic Dam in a variety of roles since 1992 which have focussed on unravelling the genesis of the Olympic Dam Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit while providing mineralogical support to the onsite processing facilities. She leads the geometallurgical team who developed the relationships which express process performance as a function of mineralogy and chemical composition.
The deepest diamond drill hole at Olympic Dam (RD2773, total vertical depth = 2328.9m) was drilled a short distance outside of the OD resource. The purpose was to define the limits of the spatially extensive hematite-sericite alteration envelop and to determine if other alteration styles (e.g. potassic and sodic) were preserved outside of the breccia complex. This presentation will include the occurrence of 1) deep, paragenetically early, magnetite-apatite-uraninite-pyrite-chalcopyrite, 2) retrograde magnetite-albite alteration associated with a Gairdner Dyke Swarm dolerite-basalt dyke, 3) an extensively altered felsic subvolcanic unit which is likely older than the Roxby Downs Granite, and 4) other geological and mineralogical insights.
Paul is a Geologist with 12 years of experience in mining, resource development and exploration with Dominion, Kingsgate and WPG. He has worked in Archaean gold and base metal terranes in SA & WA, and silver-gold epithermal systems in NSW, Thailand and Chile.
An update on WPG’s SA Gold Projects including the established Challenger Mine, the new Tarcoola Operation and the Tunkillia Project.
Bruce has 42 years of experience in the civil and mining engineering industries. His civil experience has been gained worldwide in Canada, China, the Philippines and Australia where he specialized in hydro-electrical and tunnelling investigations and construction. In the mining industry Bruce has been involved in open pit production specializing in the geotechnical fields of slope stability, slope monitoring and in mine planning; and in civil engineering related projects such as tailings dams, river crossings and haul roads. He has been involved with acid mine drainage rehabilitation and dump designs. Bruce was the Senior Geotechnical/Principal Engineer at Grange Resources’ Savage River Mine for 15 years before joining Hillgrove Resources in April 2014. His mining career has also involved in operations and consulting on mining projects in Western Australia, Queensland and Mongolia.
Hillgrove Resources operate the Kanmantoo Copper Mine in the Adelaide Hills. The open pit operation has adopted a steep wall slope design to maximize the economics of the operation. Inherent with such designs are an increase in rockfall risks. This presentation examines the slope designs, the rockfall risks and the risk reduction strategies adopted to manage such risks.
The strategies put in place include:
- the collection and analysis of all rockfall data to identify high risk areas
- pre-split blasting and shear pin installations to reduce berm crest loss and improve catch capacity
- extensive scaling and batter washing to remove potential loose rock material
- standard operating procedures to reduce the time of personnel exposures within the high risk zones
- slope movement monitoring by slope stability radars and laser scanners
- and the installation of drape mesh and rockfall catch fences.
Dr Chris Giles is an experienced exploration geologist having worked on exploration teams that have been directly responsible for the discovery of several operating gold mines in various parts of the world, including Indonesia, East Africa and Australia. He was jointly responsible for the formation of Havilah and the development and execution of the Company’s exploration and corporate strategy. Dr Giles is a resident of Adelaide and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Havilah Resources (ASX : HAV), has successfully financed and developed its first gold mine at Portia in north-eastern South Australia through an innovative revenue sharing arrangement with a local Broken Hill based mining contractor. Some 75 metres of barren Tertiary sand and clay overburden has been removed to expose a 2 metre thick light grey clay unit at the base of Tertiary, which contains high grade gravity recoverable gold. The east-dipping weathered bedrock below contains lower grade free gold over significant widths as vein / bedding replacement style mineralisation, and its limits are yet to be defined by drilling.
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry. Following exploration geoscientist roles in Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico with Rio Tinto Exploration (CRA and Kennecott), Andrew spent 10 years in mine development and mine operations with Rio Tinto in Australia, China, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium in 2013, responsible for the leadership of more than 5,000 employees across four operating sites based out of Montreal.
Andrew is particularly passionate about leading and developing people, creating safe workplaces and driving continuous improvement. Andrew was appointed to Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals in 2014