Gold miners eye Afterlee farms
A NEWCASTLE-based resources company has approached residents of Afterlee, near Kyogle, informing them of its intention to explore the area for valuable minerals, including gold.
Dexon Resources No 3 Pty Ltd was granted an exploration licence by Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher on May 15 last year to explore land in the Afterlee area for Group 1 minerals.
Minerals in the Group 1 class include gold, silver, nickel, platinum, tin, copper, zinc, antimony and arsenic.
Residents from Afterlee, who were mailed documents about Dexon Resources' exploration licence, have expressed concern that any mine, if developed, could impact on their land.
An Afterlee landholder who asked not to be named, said Dexon Resources had met with Ky- ogle Shire Council to discuss the exploration licence.
"It's all very well for people to say not in my backyard, but this is a really pristine area because it hasn't been subdivided," the landholder said.
"I don't know anyone in the area who was mailed documents by Dexon who is happy about it."
Dexon Resources No 3 Pty Ltd director Mark Levy confirmed he and Alan Wells had been calling on landholders in the Afterlee area in person in March.
"At the moment we are just talking to the local land owners and get them all understanding that the exploration licence boundary includes their properties.
"It is an exploration licence that we have for Group 1 minerals that covers gold, silver, nickel, copper, all the main elements, but we certainly aren't honing in on any one particular metal at this stage."
Mr Levy said the soil sampling was conducted by the company by using a hand-held Niton XRF tool and a hand-held resonance frequency geological tool that did not impact on the earth's surface.
Mr Levy said exploration was at a preliminary phase and there were many processes to go through before the company would consider applying for a production licence.
A spokeswoman for Mr Hartcher said Dexon Resources must first negotiate a land-access agreement with the landholder prior to commencing any exploration activities.