Julimar miner plans 72 state forest drill sites
CHALICE Mining says it will take another three to five years to decide whether to start large-scale mining in Julimar State Forest.
The company is seeking State Government approval to start “low-impact” exploratory drilling in the forest after getting promising test results on nearby farms it has acquired – now totalling about 2100ha (5200 acres) – and from aerial surveys.
The applications sought “72 small drill sites”.
Drill cores from Chalice-owned Julimar farmland showing bronze-coloured sulphide mineralisation in the darker host rock.Read more
There would be “no direct impact to wildlife or significant habitats,” the company said in its latest newsletter.
“Small track-mounted diamond drill rigs would be used to minimise our impact and footprint,” it said.
“These roll over low-lying vegetation and navigate around trees, eliminating the need for mechanised vegetation.
“All drill water and cuttings will be captured in portable containers and removed.”
Chalice says it has spent more than $400,000 in the Toodyay community since announcing last year’s discovery.