By Michael Sinclair-Jones
CHALICE Mining has bought Toodyay’s Avalon Homestead for an undisclosed sum as company stocks continue to rise with last month’s announcement of “significant new results” from increased mineral exploration in Julimar State Forest.
The 16-suite Julimar Road guesthouse in West Toodyay had been on the market for $1.78 million since February last year and includes two conference rooms.
Chalice bought the 2.3ha property for an undisclosed sum last month and says it will use the premises for staff accommodation.
Chalice also announced last month that it had appointed former senior Alcoa executive Soo Carney as its new General Manager of Environment and Community.
Dr Carney holds a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an Honours Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Adelaide and previously held senior health, safety and environment posts for BHP’s $20 billion outer harbour development in Port Hedland and at Woodside Energy’s $15 billion Pluto LNG Project at Karratha.Read more
Managing Director Alex Dorsch told the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) last month that her appointment would help “advance our major project towards development as a long-term supplier of many of the critical metals required to decarbonise the global economy and reduce pollution”.
Shares in the cashed-up Perth explorer rose sharply to 5.46c on April 1 after the company informed the Australian Stock Exchange a week earlier of “highly encouraging” new results.
These include tests for palladium, which fetches more than $2500 an ounce (28.3g) on world markets, as well as nickel, copper, cobalt and other platinum group elements.
Palladium is highly sought after on world markets for use in catalytic converters to reduce vehicle pollution in petrol engines.
The platinum group elements are regarded by major car manufacturers and ‘clean energy’ industries as “critical metals for electric vehicles and other energy storage applications”.
The latest Toodyay test results follow ground-based electro-magnetic surveys in the southern Julimar Forest.
They add to drilling results on 945ha of private land – which Chalice calls ‘Gonneville’ in nearby Keating Road – which the company bought last year for a total of $14 million in cash and shares.
Chalice says it has yet to apply for State Government permission to drill in the environmentally sensitive State Forest to confirm the full extent and potential cash value of its Julimar discovery.
In its March 25 ASX statement, Chalice described the Hartog results as similar to last year’s ground-based electro-magnetic findings in Gonneville, south of Julimar Road.
“The results are considered to be highly encouraging,” Mr Dorsch said.
They were “mostly aligned along the strike from Gonneville. making these high priority drill targets”.