Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Rich chunk of gold on permanent display

    30/10/2007 10:34 AM

    A football-sized chunk of gold-laden ore, part of one of the richest gold discoveries ever made in Western Australia, will be permanently displayed in the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame in Kalgoorlie.

    Resources Minister Francis Logan today presented the ore, worth between $5,000 and $10,000, to the Miners Hall of Fame.

    The ore was donated by Ramelius Resources after it was discovered at their Wattle Dam mine, 25km west of Kambalda.

    The discovery, an intercept of 48m at 154g of gold per tonne, included a one-metre interval that contained nearly 1.8kg of gold.

    Mr Logan, who was given the ore during a visit to the Wattle Dam mine earlier this year, said the discovery was 15 times higher than the average grade usually required for underground mining.

    He said he hoped the discovery would encourage future exploration in areas of the Eastern Goldfields that were thought to have been fully explored.

    The Minister has thanked Ramelius Resources and its managing director, Joe Houldsworth, for donating the gold-laden ore to the State.

    “It was a pleasure to present the gold nugget to the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, as it will add value to their already amazing showcase of mineral discoveries,” Mr Logan said.

    “I commend the organisation and its dedication to educating Australians about the significance of the mining industry.

    “The Hall of Fame does an outstanding job in promoting the people who have made momentous contributions to the development of the mining industry and the technological that have had a global significance to the progress of the industry.”

    Ramelius Resources’ discovery was made only six kilometres from where the 35.28kg Golden Eagle nugget was found in 1931. The Golden Eagle is the largest gold nugget ever found in WA.

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