Exploration in Queensland’s North West Minerals Province will be open for tender this Friday, with potential for gold, copper, zinc, and lead resources.
Natural resources and mines minister Anthony Lynham said the 102 square kilometre exploration area is the first land release in the state’s first annual exploration program.
“The successful tenderer will to be required to meet environmental conditions and negotiate land access and compensation agreements with landholders, including any relevant native title, before on-ground exploration can commence,” he said.
The exploration program was implemented in July and includes 451 square kilometres for petroleum and gas exploration near Surat and Injune, to be released by the end of the year, and 273 square kilometres for coal exploration between Middlemount and Blackwater in the Bowen Basin in April next year.
Lynham added that the annual exploration forward program would allow explorers and miners time to plan for future opportunities.
Tenders end on February 2 2017, with a decision to be made by the first half of the same year.