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Mineral Resources Tasmania


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Mineral Resources Tasmania

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Access information about exploration release areas, licences and areas of high level mineral resource potential in Tasmania.

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Find information about the Quarry Code of Practice, mining leases and mineral rights within Tasmania.

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Access geological maps and understand the geoscience initiatives being undertaken in Tasmania.

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Prospecting and fossicking

Understand what is required to prospect and fossick for minerals and resources in Tasmania.

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Access information on how we manage the sustainability of mining and exploration for community benefit in Tasmania.

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New Prospecting Access Layer Available

A map layer designating areas available for prospecting to those holding a prospecting licence has been added to the map viewer accessed via this website.

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Fossicking Areas Available on Map Viewer

Tasmania's designated fossicking areas are available as a layer on the map viewer accessable via this website. The areas clearly define where fossicking is permitted without a prospecting licence. Anyone considering visiting a fossicking site should first view this layer in order to gain an understaning of the boundaries of their intended fossicking destination.

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MRT News - September Issue

MRT news contains the latest information relating to Exploration Licence applications, release areas and new geoscientific maps and publications from around the state.

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Recommendation to Grant EL9/2020 - Donalds Road

The Director of Mines intends to recommend to the Minister for Resources that he grant the following exploration licence:

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Recommendation to Grant EL1/2019 - Salmons Track

The Director of Mines intends to recommend to the Minister for Resources that he grant the following exploration licence:

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Exploration Release Areas open for Applications

Four new Exploration Release Areas (ERAs) at Esk Main Road, Upper Natone, Mt Judith and Sassafras will be open for application on November 9th.

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Reports Made Open File in August

Eight reports became open file during August, primarily mineral exploration annual progress reports.

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Arrangements for Viewing or Purchasing Maps, Publications or Digital Data

Mineral Resources Tasmania has made some changes to our service procedures for clients wanting to view and purchase publications and maps. Anyone preparing to visit the either the Burnie or Hobart office should first book an appointment by calling the following number:

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MRT News - August Issue

Welcome to the August 2020 Issue of MRT News containing details of EL2/2020, an ELA the Director of Mines has recommended for granting at Mount Dundas, and a summary of a paper authored by MRT geoscientists: Daniel Bombardieri, Mark Duffett, Andrew McNeill, Mike Vicary, and also Rod Paterson. The paper describes geophysical modeling of the Alberton-Mathinna region and was published in Interpretation.

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Tea Tree Point closed to all fossicking

Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service and Council wish to advise that Tea Tree Point is closed to fossicking for the foreseeable future

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Recommendation to Grant EL2/2020 - Mount Dundas

The Director of Mines intends to recommend to the Minister for Resources that he grant the following exploration licence:

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MRT News - July Issue

Welcome to the July issue of MRT News.This issue contains articles on the successful applications for Round 4 of EDGI funding, new Exploration Release Areas (ERAs) opening for applications and changes to the terms of prospecting licences.

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Eleven Projects Share Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI) Funding in Round 4

Eleven successful projects will share approximately $427,000 in grants from the fourth round of Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI) funding.

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Four New ERAs to be Released in September

The following Exploration Release Areas (ERAs) will be available for application on 7 September 2020:

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Updated Individual and Group Prospecting Licence Terms

Mineral Resources Tasmania, in consultation with the public and relevant State regulatory bodies, has reviewed and improved current Prospecting licence and Group Prospecting licence policies. This has simplified the Group Prospecting Licence application process resulting in improved terms for individual Prospecting Licence holders.

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Explorer Support Package Announced for Exploration Licence Holders

In early June the Explorer Support Package was launched. The package is designed to assist explorers in maintaining their tenements in good standing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MRT News - June Issue

Welcome to the June issue of MRT News, containing details of the newly announced Explorer Support Package for Tasmanian Tenement Holders, the release of a good practice guide for the Management of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage in Tasmania, and some Geoscience Library housekeeping.

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Release of Tasmanian Acid Mine Drainage Management Guide

The Good Practice Guide for Management of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) has been developed to provide guidance on how AMD is best managed on sites within Tasmania.

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51 Reports Made Open File in June

Following is a list of company and MRT reports made open file during the period from November 2019 to February 2020.The reports can be found downloaded from the MRT reports database here.

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MRT News - May issue

Welcome to the May 2020 Issue of MRT news. This issue contains information about the opening of submissions for the fourth round of the Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative (EDGI), upcoming changes to the MRT website, and updates to the drill core submission process.

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Updated Drill Core Submission Requirements

MRT has recently updated its Drill Core Submission Requirements and Delivery Guidelines to clearly outline the process for packaging and delivery of approved drill core to the library in Mornington.

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