Red Rock Australasia

  • Red Rock Australasia Pty Ltd (“RRAL”) has been an explorer in Australia since 2008
  • RRAL 49.9% owned by POW under a JV commencing April 2020 with Red Rock Resources plc (LON:RRR) which owns 50.1%
  • Following the grant of first five licenses, as announced on 2nd February 2021, a further five applications are at an advanced stage of processing
  • RRAL has submitted exploration licence applications over 2,336 sq. km of gold exploration acreage centred on the Ballarat area
  • Major position in heart of Victoria Goldfields
  • Growing exploration interest in area
  • Initial Public Offer (“IPO”) process has formally commenced with the appointment of legal counsel in Canada. The intention is to list certain core assets of Red Rock Australasia (Pty) Ltd (the JV holding company) by IPO in the Canadian capital markets.
JV Red Rock Australia: map
Ballarat Licence footprint

The strategic move into Australian gold exploration is an important step for POW, complementing our African base metal interests and providing portfolio diversification by commodity and jurisdiction.

Australian gold exploration and development projects are attracting considerable interest, especially in the Victorian goldfields following the remarkable discoveries at depth at the Fosterville mine.

Historic mining in the Victoria Goldfields has been alluvial or at shallow depths and they have been underexplored in modern times. Through a joint venture with Red Rock Australasia Pty Ltd (“RRAL”), we have lodged applications for the following exploration licences in Victoria.

Granted licences

License  Number Project Name Area (sq km) Report Name
Licence Report
EL007271 Blue Whale 133 South Ballarat Report (PDF)
EL007281 Blue Chip 74 Ross Creek Report (PDF)
EL007285 Blue Ribbon 8 Ballarat North Report (PDF)
EL007327 Blue Stocking 60 Dereel Report (PDF)
EL007385 Sardinia 4    

Licence applications

License Application Number Project Name Area (sq km) Report Name
Licence Report
EL007282 Blue Sky 489 Dunnstown-Yandoit Report (PDF)
EL007294 Red Queen 130 Talbot Report (PDF)
EL007301 Mt Bute 85 Pitfield Report (PDF)
EL007328 Blue Yonder 168 Elaine Report (PDF)
EL007329 Evergreen 486 Kilmore Report (PDF)
EL007330 Blue Angel 202 Daylesford Report (PDF)
EL007460 Kilmore West 349 Lancefield Report (PDF)
(3 competing applications) (*)
Outer Ballarat 148    
State land within EL007271        
EL007505   (9)    
EL007506   (9)    
EL007507   (8)    
Total   2,336    

* Balmaine Gold Pty Ltd, Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, and Loddon Gold Pty Ltd have put in competing applications the same day as RRAL for the ground covered by EL007540. The application considered to have greatest merit will eventually be given priority.

All license application areas have extensive evidence of gold mineralisation and in many cases recorded production and historical drilling. Analysis of historical exploration and geophysical data continues, and further updates will be provided in due course.

Victoria Historical Gold Overview

The discovery of gold at Ballarat in 1851 set off a gold rush in Victoria, in which an estimated 6,000 diggers arrived each week. In the 1850s, a third of the world's gold production came from Victoria. The greatest part of that production was alluvial gold, with some from near surface leads or shallow reefs.

Victoria, Australia's smallest state, has produced over 2,400 tons of gold, which is 32% of all the gold mined in Australia.

By the 1920s, the mines in the greatest Goldfields centres of Bendigo and Ballarat had ceased production, and there was a sixty-year hiatus, with gold production in 1972 dropping to 10kg or 320 oz for the entire state. Even by 1986 it was only 32,000 oz.

In 2005 commercial mining began at Fosterville east of Bendigo, and by 2016 a million ounces had been mined. Since Kirkland Lake Gold took over in 2016 the pace has accelerated, with depth grade increased, and in the first quarter of 2020 production was 175,000 oz at 41 g/t, making this site world's highest-grade gold mine. Since then new discoveries have been made at depth under cover north along strike from Bendigo.

As the Geological Survey of Victoria puts it, "the brownfields can contain world-class deposits", and intense interest in the area is developing.

RRAL's license areas cover ground adjacent to, around and along the faults from the Ballarat Mine, the only currently producing mine besides Fosterville, and the Creswick workings, as well as other prospective ground including old leads and mines where only shallow mining in the oxides has taken place and known prospects are untested by recent drilling.

Figure 2: Map showing major companies exploring and producing gold in the near vicinity to RRAL

Figure 2: Map showing major companies exploring and producing gold in the near vicinity to RRAL

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Project: Red Rock Australasia

Target metals: Gold

Objective: Discovery

Status: Active
12 licence applications covering 2,188 sq km submitted in Victoria Goldfields

Latest News

19 April 2021

POW has secured a further short extension to its option to acquire First Development Resources (Pty) Limited


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