The Ukalunda tenement (EPM 18019) lies midway between the Lake Dalrymple/Burdekin Dam and the historic Wirralie gold mine, which produced 1.1 million ounces of gold.
The Ukalunda permit area is easily accessible. The tenement is located near the mining town known as Charters Towers, which offers the Company labour and materials. Although the exploration staff will camp in the bush whilst working, it is possible to get to Charters Towers and back in a day. Any other services required are available in Townsville, the third largest city in Queensland, which is approximately 45 minutes away by helicopter.
The Ukalunda project area contains multiple shows of mineralisation that are the same as other mineralisation shows discovered in mining districts around the world that host major ore bodies. This suggests that a major ore body may be present in this district. Historical wide-ranging exploration has been carried out at the Ukalunda permit area, which discovered some areas of rich mineralisation of gold, silver and a number of associated base metals.
There are a number of historic mines and advanced prospects that have been explored for more than 30 years on the Ukalunda tenement area. This indicates that the Ukalunda tenement area is the most prospective in the district.
Map to Mine, an independent mining exploration services company and the Competent Person reported that the Ukalunda tenement is in good standing. There are 23 sub-blocks in the permit, which cover an area totalling 64.4km2. To date, 33 prospects have been identified across the tenement area by wide-scale exploration of stream sediments as well as rock chip sampling. Subsequently, drilling programs tested the targets that had been identified in the earlier exploration work. Certainly, the best drill intersections so far have demonstrated what appear to be good grades and widths of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, bismuth and stibnite.
Bismuth is used mostly in chemicals for the pharmaceuticals, pigments and coatings industries as well as in alloys as a substitute for lead. Stibnite is an important source of the semimetal (a chemical element with properties between a metal and a non-metal) antimony, which is used in cosmetics as kohl, safety matches and medicines.
There are a total of 33 prospects in the Ukalunda permit. Twenty-one of these prospects have been named and twelve remain unnamed. Once a discovery has been made, the property containing the discovery is called a prospect.
The Company’s attention is focused on the most prospective area of the permit where principal prospects are probably the three larger historical deposits which are represented by the following polymetallic historic mines: Sunbeam Silver Mine, Carrington Silver Bismuth Mine and Pyramid Lead Silver Mines. A total of 600,000 ounces of silver were mined from the Sunbeam Mine with very high grades of up to 37kg/tonne.
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