$74m bid to mine Julimar home of rare endangered chuditch

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

CHALICE Mining has begun drilling 70 test holes in Julimar State Forest as part of a $74 million bid to turn the nature conservation park into a “globally significant” mine worth billions of dollars.

The forest is home to one of the state’s healthiest remaining populations of the rare western quoll, commonly known by its Noongar name chuditch (pictured left), which is listed as an endangered species at risk of extinction.

Chalice has already drilled 700 holes on private farmland it bought south of the forest in 2020 and plans to drill hundreds more in the nearby conservation park later this year.

The Perth-based miner told the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on January 28 that it had obtained “key WA State Government approvals” to test “exciting targets along the extensive Julimar complex”.

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