GSWA Open Day 2018

GSWA’s next Open Day is on Friday 23 February 2018. This is a great opportunity to hear presentations on the latest results from GSWA’s geoscience programs, including collaborative work with CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Curtin University and the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET).

Activities and results of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) will be outlined and Round 17 of the State Government’s Co-funded Exploration Drilling program will be launched.

Throughout the day there will be geological presentations, an extensive poster display and demonstrations of online systems.

Date: Friday 23 February 2018
Time: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm followed by a sundowner
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, cnr Marine Tce & Essex St
Cost: $110

Full event details, including the presentation program for the day, will be available on the department’s website in the new year. The event costs $110 and online registration is available at

Round 16 applicants announced

The State Government recently released its list of successful applicants for Round 16 of the Co-funded Exploration Drilling program, the Exploration Incentive Scheme’s (EIS) flagship program.

Up to $4.83 million will be offered to 44 drilling projects and will apply to projects drilled between January and December 2018.

One of several programs within the EIS, the co-funded drilling program aims to increase private sector resource exploration to help lead to new mineral and energy discoveries. The exploration increases knowledge of the State’s geology and resources, while also helping to increase employment opportunities.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Acting EIS Coordinator, Charlotte Hall said most of the activities in the EIS are focused in underexplored greenfield regions. The Round 16 recipients are no exception to this and cover a geographically wide area throughout the State.

“From the South West to the north Perth Basin, and from the west Kimberley to the remote Amadeus Basin on the eastern margin of Western Australia, the successful Round 16 applicants encompass a diverse range of applicants and mix of commodities including lithium, gold, copper, base metals, potash, petroleum and nickel,” she said.

Organisations will be refunded up to 50 per cent of direct drilling costs – with caps of $150,000 for a multi-hole project, $200,000 for a single deep hole, and $30,000 for a prospector’s project.

Final refunds are made after completion of drilling and submission of comprehensive reports with analytical data which are released publicly on the department’s WAMEX and WAPIMS databases after a six-month confidentiality period.

Recent EIS success stories include the copper-dominated discoveries in the eastern Pilbara by Antipa Minerals (Minyari copper-nickel-cobalt discovery), Sipa Resources (Paterson North copper-gold project), Encounter Resources’ copper and zinc prospects and Great Boulder Resources’ significant copper-nickel-cobalt discovery at Mt Venn east of Laverton.

Another round of co-funded drilling will be undertaken between July 2018 and the end of June 2019. The application process for Round 17 will open on Friday 23 February 2018.

A list of successful R16 applicants and a map showing the distribution of projects are available on the DMIRS website.

GSWA in the Goldfields

Local Goldfields’ geologists and industry representatives were out in force last month at the Geological Survey of Western Australia’s (GSWA) regional open day in Kalgoorlie.

DMIRS GSWA Executive Director Rick Rogerson said the event was well attended and the talks were very well received.

“GSWA experts explained core from the Kambalda stratigraphy, the Black Swan nickel deposit and the Lake Raeside impact structure, to name a few,” he said.

“Most of the geologists were interested in KD1, which is Western Mining Corporation’s (WMC) Kambalda nickel discovery hole from the 1960s, and one person arrived straight from her shift, just as we were closing, to specifically view this historic core.”

Dr Rogerson said the day ended with three talks as part of the Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series where staff presented the latest thinking on some of GSWA’s major geological projects in the Eastern Goldfields.

“The delegates appeared particularly interested in the ‘Provenance fingerprinting of gold nuggets from the Kurnalpi Goldfield’, as it’s the first time we’ve released the information publicly,” he said.

“The talk on the effort to ‘barcode’ the Goldfields’ stratigraphy using high-quality geochemical analyses of available drillcore was also well received.”

To round up the evening GSWA Project Manager, Stephen Wyche, was given a plaque mounted with drillcore in recognition of his impending retirement and his significant contribution to the understanding of the Eastern Goldfields geology.

The next opportunity to hear about Western Australia’s geology and the many products GSWA have released during the past 12 months is at the GSWA Open Day on 23 February 2018 to be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.

Full event details, including the presentation program for the day, will be available on the department’s website in the new year. The event costs $110 and online registration is available at

GSWA database and online systems training — 2018

Find out how to access geoscience data online and understand our systems at this free training course.

Systems include:

A desktop computer will be available for each participant.


Training in Perth has been split into a morning session for mining companies and geologists and an afternoon session for prospectors.


Training in Kalgoorlie is open to anyone and will run for a full day.


To register for this free training, email your name, company name, telephone number, the location and the date of the training you wish to attend to Venues for both events will be confirmed on registration.

For the Perth session, please indicate whether you wish to attend the mining companies/geologists (morning) or prospectors (afternoon) training.

New releases

Report 173 The Liveringa Group, Canning Basin: correlating outcrop to subsurface
by Dent, LM
This includes a PDF-only version of Report 173 and a zip file including the PDF with interactive links and figures.

Record 2017/12 Controls on hydrothermal alterations and gold mineralisation at Coyote deposit, Western Australia
by Roll, H

Non-series books
Geology of the Kennedy Range area
by Mory, AJ and Hocking, RM

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