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The State of Queensland through the Department of State Development is seeking Registrations of Interest (ROI) from entities wishing to be considered for participation as a proponent in an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process to deliver and operate an integrated resort in Tropical North Queensland.

Delivery of the Tropical North integrated resort

The ROI commences the market process for the State to offer the opportunity to develop an integrated resort in or around the City of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.

The State supports inclusion of a casino within an integrated resort (subject to compliance with legislative framework), to facilitate the development and operation of a world class integrated resort in the region.

The ROI Response Lodgement Deadline for ROI Responses is 2pm AEST, 23 January 2017.

The EOI is advertised internationally.

Click here for more detail.
Red River Resources has released an updated ore reserve and mineral resource assessment of a major deposit giving a longer life to the operation.

Thalanga’s maiden deposit given more life

The West 45 is the first deposit to be mined by Red River at Thalanga as part of restart operations at the project. Underground mining commenced at West 45 in April 2017, with zinc concentrate production restarting ahead of schedule at Thalanga in September 2017 .

West 45 has an updated ore reserve estimate of 0.6Mt @ 11.6 % zinc equivalent, up from the previous estimate of 0.4Mt @ 15.0% zinc equivalent.

The updated Ore Reserve will allow Red River to extend mining operations at West 45 to at least the end of 2019, enabling the simultaneous operation of both the West 45 and Far West mines from the end of 2018 to 2019, increasing mill throughput for this period.

Following the 21 November 2017 announcement of a maiden Ore Reserve at Thalanga Far West, the updated West 45 Ore Reserve has increased the total Thalanga Operations Ore Reserve to 2.1 Mt @ 11.9 % zinc equivalent.

Increasing Ore Reserves at West 45 combined with the recently announced maiden Ore Reserve at Far West is an outstanding result for the future of Red River , with the potential for further mine life extensions at depth and along strike, said Red River’s Managing Director Mel Palancian.

“We  are committed to growing resources and reserves at Thalanga and this confirms that our strategy is delivering results and mine life,” Mr Palancian said.

“The West 45 mine life will now extend to at least 2019 allowing the simultaneous operation of both West 45 and the Far West mines in 2019 , increasing mill throughput for this period.

“With exploration across our landholding in the Mt Windsor Belt in Queensland continuing in tandem to our mining operations, we hope to make new discoveries that can add further life to Thalanga.”

The Ore Reserve and Mineral Resource estimate was completed in acco rdance with the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code).

‘Fill the mill’ is the focus for Red River Resources as it moves into 2018 as a producing miner.

The mill quickly ramped up to an annualised processing rate of 325ktpa after production began in September, however the company has its eye on taking the plant to its nameplate capacity of more than 650ktpa.

Push to fill processing potential

The company had four drill rigs from Charters Towers-based contractor Lloyd Weller Drilling working across its Thalanga assets in November, expanding known resources and furthering exploration at Red River’s Liontown East discovery.

Managing director Mel Palancian said Red River Resources had a planned sequence for mining – starting with the West 45 underground mine and progressing to the Far West and Waterloo sites.

“We’ve been drilling West 45 and finding more resources there, so we are currently in the process of updating the resources and reserves for West 45 and have just announced an updated mineral resource and a maiden ore reserve for Far West,” Mr Palancian said.

“We’ve got a drill rig at Waterloo, which will be our third mine, and are conducting infill drilling there. That will move to an extensional drilling program there – so hopefully we’ll fi nd more resources.

There is also hope for new discoveries around Thalanga to further extend the current life-of-mine forecast of five years.

“There are a lot of targets there,” Mr Palancian said.

“The belt hasn’t been explored for 20 years. Getting cashflow helps us to accelerate that and hopefully we will find many more ore bodies.”

General manager of operations Karl Spaleck believes mill capacity could be pushed out beyond 650tpa with improvements.

He also takes a positive outlook on the potential to draw that feed from the immediate area and build a 20-year mine life around the processing plant.

“I think potential is outstanding around here – this place is underexplored,” Mr Spaleck said.

Mr Palancian said that Red River Resources would also be on a lookout for further opportunities in base metals.

“In the fullness of time we would like to grow the business by adding another operation, but right here right now we are wholeheartedly focused on Thalanga and maximising the value of Thalanga,” he said
Seminars are being held in Queensland centres to brief businesses who want to test their eligibility as suppliers to the Australia Defence Force.

Townsville is the first off the block in February.

Test the opportunities to do business with the ADF

The seminars are designed to provide businesses with an introduction to working in the defence sector, discover what businesses need to know in order to deal directly with defence or access prime contractor supply chains.

They’re being presented by Mick Fairweather an independent director in Queensland, a business management and training consultant, a Major General in the Australian Army Reserve and currently working with the defence industry.

Defence Industries Queensland in partnership with ICN is making the offer.

You will learn:
  • How the defence sector works
  • What the difference between capability and non-material procurement means for suppliers
  • How key agencies in the defence sector engage with industry and what they do
  • How to engage with prime contractors and defence
  • Where you can go to develop your business’ capabilities to work in defence
  • How to decide if the defence industry is for you?
Places are limited so book early to reserve your seat for the following sessions:

The much anticipated start to gold production at the Lorena site west of Cloncurry is scheduled for January.

There have been delays commissioning the plant due to wet weather in central Queensland hampering deliveries of plant equipment.

New NQ gold operation starts next month

The joint venture partners resolved to defer ore processing until January 2018 to ensure continuity of production in due course rather than start/stop over the Christmas and New Year period the company said in a statement.

There were currently no issues with the commissioning of the concentrator plant or the construction of the tailings dam,” the company said.

“Mining is ongoing as initially planned and as a result additional ore will be available at the ROM pad for initial treatment once production commences.

The joint venture partners now consider that first gold production will be achievable by the latter part of January 2018.”

It is expected that the Lorena Gold Project will produce around 30,000 to 35,000 ozs of recovered gold in the eighteen months of production from an open cut operation at a forecast operating cost of around A$1000 per gold ounce (includes Malachite’s share of plant and preliminary project capital ).

Malachite will have a 55% joint venture interest in the Lorena Gold Project upon the commissioning of the processing plant.

Malachite believes that the Lorena Gold Project has potential for resource extensions at depth.

Proving up these additional resources will require confirmation by drilling which Malachite proposes to undertake at the earliest opportunity subject to sufficient funding being available.

Malachite will have a 70 per cent joint venture interest in any resource extensions at depth.

The company also believes that there are considerable regional opportunities which it will be able to pursue once the plant is operating to enhance the commercial return from project.