More ground will soon be available for Minerals Exploration Licence applications in an area with copper, other base metals and minerals sands potential in western Victoria.
Access to land for exploration in the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative area was suspended by the Victorian government in 2015.
Through the 2018 Stavely Ground Release, 11 large blocks of land with a temporary hold on minerals activity were offered to the market and six blocks were awarded.
The remaining area, which totals over 11,000 square kilometres, covering parts of the Wimmera as well as areas north and east of Hamilton and around Mortlake, became available for minerals exploration licence applications from 2 May 2022.
Exploration will not be permitted in national parks, wilderness parks, or state parks. Explorers must obtain consent of landholders before accessing private property.
Between May and June 2022, the Geological Survey of Victoria will continue to hold information sessions about land access landholders’ rights and opportunities should an explorer seek access to their properties.
Through the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative, the department has taken an integrated approach between 2015 and 2022 to ensure:
Key steps included:
The government announced that the Stavely Minerals Exploration Initiative is now effectively complete.
4 May 2022