Navarre Minerals Limited has provided an update on its exploration activities in light of new COVID-19 measures introduced by the Victorian Government.
On 3 August 2020, the Victorian Government announced a re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, where Navarre’s exploration activities occur. The new measures are expected to be in place for a period of six weeks.
Under Stage 3 restrictions, Navarre’s exploration programs are able to continue as planned under strict health and safety protocols designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to Navarre’s people, its contractors and the communities in which they operate.
Navarre outlines that it is continuing to monitor advice from the relevant Victorian Government Departments and the Victorian branch of the Minerals Council of Australia in regard to mandated restrictions and its impact on mineral exploration.
Navarre’s Managing Director, Geoff McDermott, said the Company continues to take steps to protect the wellbeing of those who work with and for the company.
“We are well equipped to adapt our operations to continue to safely explore through these restrictions, while providing ongoing employment and investment in regional Victoria.”
Navarre also provided an update on its activities:
Stawell Corridor Gold Project – Irvine Basalt Dome
A 9,000m diamond core drilling program, operating on a 24 hour – seven day per week basis, continues scoping the depth potential of the 1.6-kilometre long Resolution Lode discovery to approximately 300m from surface on a nominal 100m (N-S) by 80m (vertical) step-out drill pattern.
The priority drilling area is the down-plunge extensions to the south shoot, where a second significant zone of gold mineralisation has been identified 50m west of the main gold zone (1.0m at 20.8 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold (Au) from 358.6m within a broader zone of 10.3m at 2.2 g/t Au in drill hole RD024 – refer to Navarre’s ASX announcement on 8 July 2020).
Samples from the ongoing drilling program continue to be submitted in batches to Navarre’s assay laboratory partners in Adelaide and Perth as the program advances.
Jubilee Gold Project
At the Jubilee Gold Project, compilation of historical reports and surface geological mapping continues to progress ahead of a 2,500m diamond drilling program which is scheduled to commence in Q4 2020.
An electrical geophysics program and ground magnetics survey to inform the drill program is expected to commence in mid-August at the historical Jubilee mine site area.
Tandarra Gold Joint Venture (Navarre – 49 per cent)
According to Navarre, detailed core logging and sampling continues by the manager of the joint venture, Catalyst Metals, for a program of four holes for 1,325m of diamond core drilled to test depth extensions and repetitions of gold lodes below the main Tomorrow mineralisation.
Drilling has intersected encouraging zones of quartz veining, sulphides and alteration, the company notes.
Results are expected to be reported in the September Quarter.