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Victoria Gold Mining & Exploration Forum

A special networking forum for Victoria’s dynamic gold industry

18-19 August 2021 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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In the March 2021 quarter, $51.5 million was spent on minerals exploration in Victoria.
Victoria’s exploration and mining industry has a bright future and is critical to support more diverse regional economies.
Exploration creates a pipeline of new gold projects to support Victoria’s growing gold mining sector employing thousands of workers, particularly in the Bendigo region, and in mines in Ballarat and Stawell.
– James Sorahan, Minerals Council of Australia 1 June 2021

Gold exploration pulled a March record $246.9 million splurge, the fourth straight quarter above $200m mark and around three times higher than spending levels seen just five years ago
– Stockhead 2 June 2021

Continued investment in Australian mineral exploration is needed to find the mines of the future and unlock the jobs and growth still waiting to be discovered
– Pearce Warren in Mining Weekly 1 June 2021

Victoria’s rich minerals endowment is prospective for gold, base metals and mineral sands. Exploration investment in Victoria was worth $152 million in 2020 – a significant increase over the past five years.
– James Sorahan in Australian Mining 21 May 2021

Informa Australia is delighted to be holding the forthcoming Victoria Gold Mining & Exploration Forum, which will be held on 18-19 August 2021 at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria. This event will examine the latest developments in gold mining and exploration in Victoria.

The Victorian gold industry is currently experiencing a renaissance, with authorities estimating that there may be approximately AU$150 billion worth of gold still waiting to be discovered in the State. Exploration and investment is ramping up across Victoria as the sector looks towards a reinvigorated future.

Topics will include:

  • Current market outlook
  • Government perspective
  • Community engagement
  • Case studies
  • Latest updates from the key operating mines in Victoria
  • Investor appetite for Victorian gold
  • Insights from leading exploration companies, and their latest initiatives
  • Recent Data: Opportunities for gold in Victoria
  • Harnessing the mining industry for sustainable indigenous development
  • Recent challenges for the industry including skills shortages, scarcity of drill rigs, and delays for laboratory assays
  • Local Procurement
  • New technology
  • Rehabilitation of the land effectively and efficiently
  • The future of Victorian gold mining


Fraser MacCorquodale

General Manager - Exploration, Newcrest Mining Limited

Tim Davis

Director of Technical Services – Australia, Kirkland Lake Gold

Mark Houlihan

Director IT & Digital – Australia, Kirkland Lake Gold

Ian Holland

Managing Director, Navarre Minerals

Michael Hudson

Chairman & CEO, Mawson Gold Limited

Chris Davis

Vice President of Operational Geology and Exploration, Mandalay Resources

James Chirnside

Managing Director & Chairman, Dart Mining

Rodney Carter

Group Chief Executive Officer, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Jim Brooks

Executive, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

James Sorahan

Executive Director - Victoria Division, Minerals Council of Australia

John Pizimolas

VP Global Growth, Chrysos Corporation

Bruce Kay

Technical Director, Catalyst Metals

Jess Oram

CEO, Cauldron energy

Jonathan Downes

Executive Director, Kaiser Reef

Steve Shedden

Managing Director, Torrens Mining Limited

Luke Mortimer

Exploration Manager, Kalamazoo Resources

Adam Place

Director, Tesbury Consulting Services

Rex Motton

CEO, Fosterville South Exploration

Don MacDonald

CEO, Deepcore Drilling

Tom Cochrane

Senior Exploration Geologist, Outback Goldfields

Ben Jump

Senior Geologist, SRK Consulting

Cassandra Lewis

General Manager, and Djaara Traditional Owner, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Cameron Cairns

Manager Minerals Geoscience, Geological Survey of Victoria

Campbell Olsen

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Arete Capital Partners


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • Fosterville operational update
  • Operating within an evolving ESG landscape
  • Innovation as a key enabler
  • What this could mean to Victorian Gold Industry

9:50 am

  • The state of play in Victoria’s gold exploration and mining sector
  • Minerals industry priorities to secure a growing mining and exploration sector
  • Challenges and opportunities going forward in Victoria

10:20 am

Morning Tea

10:50 am

  • Building upon the maiden resource in the Stawell Corridor, camp-scale potential in a 70km long belt
  • Unlocking an old goldfield at St Arnaud, targeting a maiden resource
  • New discovery under cover in western Victoria, large poly-metallic system at Glenlyle

11:20 am

  • A brief update on the A1 mining operations in the Woods Point goldfield
  • History of the Maldon Goldfield
  • A major exploration drive planned for the Maldon Goldfield

11:50 am

  • Assays for mining and processing
  • PhotonAssay technology summary
  • Deployment and operating experiences
  • New developments

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

  • Modern approaches to community engagement
  • Proactive engagement with stakeholders
  • Genuine communication or Clayton’s communication??
  • Positive outcomes of working with communities

2:20 pm

  • Stages of land rehabilitation – Returning sites to a similar vegetation function and structure as existed prior to mining
  • Mine closure and rehabilitation: the need for Traditional Owner
  • Most effective ways to rehabilitate the land
  • Improving confidence of local communities

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

  • Costerfield has had a long and interesting exploration and mining history with Gold and Antimony veining discovered in the 1860’s.
  • Mandalay has continued this rich history, operating the mine and exploring the region since 2009
  • Through the continual uncovering of historic data in conjunction with cutting edge data acquisition and interpretation, Mandalay has continued to grow the understanding of deposit style and Mineral resources
  • This year we have entered a new and exciting era with the discovery of the Shepard Zone delivering a new page to the story of Costerfield

4:00 pm

  • Granite Flat Gold Copper
  • Buckland Gold
  • Rushworth Gold
  • Sandy Creek Gold
  • Technology and Battery Metals

4:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • Skill shortage in the industry
  • Innovation and technology adoption will influence skills needs and shape demand across the industry

9:30 am

  • Market Update (People and Utilisation)
  • Why long-term drilling partnerships are invaluable
  • Future state strategies and solutions

9:55 am

  • Skill shortage
  • Delays in assays
  • Solutions to current challenges and potential opportunities

10:20 am

Morning Tea

10:50 am

  • Current issues exploration geologists are facing in making significant mineral
  • Methods employed to combat some of the complexities being faced by
  • New/recent data capture techniques, data interpretation and getting the most of data to improve exploration

11:10 am

Local procurement

11:30 am

  • Torrens is exploring for gold in Victoria’s prospective Melbourne Zone
  • The key target is “quartz poor,” disseminated, sulphide-locked gold in veins and stockworks
  • Such deposits typically have only subtle surface signatures
  • Drilling is underway at the Northwood Hill Prospect
  • Geochemistry and geophysics are being deployed to generate new drilling targets
  • First-ever modern exploration of a 440sqkm section of the Melbourne Zone is planned

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

  • A brief review of Victoria’s gold history to help focus on the
  • What are the exploration risks? What are the opportunities?
  • A case example from the Sunday Creek Gold Project.

1:40 pm

  • Catalyst has been in Victorian gold since 2011 before the rush started
  • Has secured a very significant land position
  • High grade gold intersected at many projects
  • Scoping studies underway at Boyd’s Dam and Tandarra
  • Funding to be partly provided by Henty Gold Mine and strong JV partners

2:00 pm

  • Golden Mountain: yields up its secrets
  • Current Projects: why we like what we are seeing
  • New targets to come…

2:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

2:50 pm

  • Commitment to acquiring and exploring a portfolio of high-quality Victorian gold exploration projects.
  • Exploration of four highly gold endowed projects in Central Victoria – the Castlemaine, South Muckleford, Tarnagulla and Myrtle Gold Projects
  • Focus on applying innovative modern exploration and targeting strategies that can deliver “smarter” results with minimal impact.
  • Significant exploration campaigns have been completed across several encouraging gold prospects to date.

3:10 pm

Cauldron Energy: Blackwood Goldfield Project

Jess Oram, CEO, Cauldron energy

3:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | What does the future of mining look like in Victoria

4:10 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

4:20 pm



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  • Super Saver rate $1,895 + GST (Save $500) – Expires on July 15 2021
  • Standard rate $2,395 + GST – from July 16 2021


Tectonics and implications for gold prospectivity in Victoria
Victoria’s rich orogenic gold endowment has helped make the State what it is today. But much of its hidden potential is yet to be discovered – with historic goldfields mainly found through surface geochemistry (panning), where mineralised levels are serendipitously exposed. Read more >>

when & where

18 - 19 Aug 2021

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000


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