• Syndicate Minerals is an exploration company based in Melbourne

    We are dedicated to the highest environmental and community standards in our work.

    Honouring and respecting the traditional owners of our land

    All our activities will involve a detailed process of engagement with traditional owners of the land in question and no work will take place until there has been a satisfactory process and agreement reached.

    Supporting rural communities and landowners

    There is no exploration permitted on private land without the written consent of the landowner, which would include a compensation agreement.


    When the lockdown due to COVID19 subsides, we will be personally looking to meet community members and landowners to discuss our non-ground disturbing exploration work prior to commencing. In the mean time please get in touch with us directly with any concerns or questions using the form below.

    Proactive involvement in protecting and enhancing natural habitat

    Natural resource exploration and mining should not lead to environmental degradation or damage. The mining industry should in fact lead a positive role in funding habitat restoration and protection.


    Once the COVID19 lockdown ends we will be actively engaging with local land care and environmental groups to play a positive and proactive role in preserving our natural environments. If you have suggestions or concerns about environmental aspects of future exploration please get in touch using the form below, we’d love to hear from you.

    Environmental impact minimisation

    We are exploring for metals with modern technologies and striving to achieve a minimal environmental footprint while providing the vital metals required to ensure a renewable energy future. If you have any concerns or suggestions about environmental practices and mining please get in touch using the form below.

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  • Notice of an Application for an Exploration Licence – EL007261

    On 2 April 2020, Syndicate Minerals Pty Ltd (“Syndicate Minerals”) lodged an Exploration Licence Application in the vicinity of the towns of Shellbourne, Lockwood South and Ravenswood, Victoria, as indicated on the map below.

    The application for Exploration Licence No 007261 (“EL007261” or “Lockwood Project”) is located approximately 130km North West from Melbourne and 10km South West of the regional centre of Bendigo.

    The proposed Lockwood Project area is located within the Bendigo-Ballarat Zone of the Palaeozoic Lachlan Fold Belt of eastern Australia. Whilst numerous exploration programmes have been undertaken across the area, review of available geological data demonstrates that the majority of these programmes have been limited to low level exploration and Syndicate Minerals believes further investigation of the geology is warranted, particularly with modern exploration techniques & methodologies.

    The proposed program of work includes low impact geological surveys. Any resulting targets will be ranked, with higher priority targets to be drill tested and reviewed, with consideration of a number of parameters (exploration, environmental, community etc).

    For a description of the systems employed by Syndicate Minerals for managing impacts of the proposed work on the community including (landowners and occupiers) and the environment please refer to Systems for Managing Impact on the Community and Environment.

    For an outline of how Syndicate Minerals, as licensee, intends to meet its obligations under Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (VIC) to consult with the community (including landowners and occupiers) please refer to Community Consultation.

    The information provided is published in accordance with section 15(5) of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (VIC) and Regulation 22(1) and Schedule 1 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 (VIC).

  • EL007261 Location Plan

    Figure 1: EL007261 Location Plan

  • Information for Landholders

    Syndicate Minerals is an exploration company established in 2019 with the initial purpose of revitalised gold exploration within Victoria and New South Wales. Syndicate Minerals aim is to acquire exploration projects in Victoria and use modern exploration and evaluation techniques to search for the next generation of gold mines in central Victoria.

    What are the basic entitlements of Exploration Licences and how is it different to mining?

    An Exploration Licence grants exclusive rights, subject to conditions, to explore for minerals within a certain area. An Exploration Licence does not permit mining. “Exploration” is defined in the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (VIC) (“MRSD Act”) to include:


    a) Conducting geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys;


    b) Drilling;


    c) Taking samples for the purposes of chemical or other analysis; and


    d) Extracting minerals from land, other than for the purpose of producing them commercially.


    The MRSD Act defines “mining” as extracting minerals from the land for the purpose of producing them commercially, including processing and treating ore.


    Exploration does not always lead to mining. Exploration is the first step which allows licence holders to determine whether a mineral deposit is economically viable before an Exploration/Mining Company decide to conduct further activity, or mining. While exploration often takes place over larger areas, the area that may be subsequently mined is usually much smaller.


    Should EL007261 be granted by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (“Department”), it will be valid for a period of five years, with the option to apply for renewal of the licence. Throughout the term of the licence, part of the area must be relinquished (surrendered). Specifically, after 2 years, the area must be reduced by 25% and after 4 years an additional 35% must be surrendered. Upon renewal, further relinquishments would be required at years 7 and 10.

    Can I object to the grant of an Exploration Licence?

    As a landholder you may object to a minerals exploration application before it is approved. Any landholder objections must be made within 21 days of the Notice of Application for an Exploration Licence (newspaper advertisements).


    As EL007261 is at the application stage, landholders may lodge an objection to the Department in writing, and it must include the grounds on which the objection is made. The Department will consider all objections before deciding whether to grant the licence. Most objections can be solved by developing a suitable work plan to address landholders’ concerns. The work plan will initially involve a compilation of historical exploration data. Field reconnaissance and geological/structural mapping will be conducted across the area. Low impact geophysical surveys may be conducted in small areas within EL007261. Pending the results of preliminary exploration activities, targets may be identified for drilling. Further, the Department may choose to add extra conditions on any mineral exploration licence granted in satisfaction of the application, in an attempt to address community and landholder concerns. Syndicate Minerals welcomes the community to contact Syndicate Minerals regarding any queries or concerns prior to lodgement of a formal objection with the Department. Syndicate Minerals is committed to addressing landholder concerns and working with local community members to allow for the sustainable and supported development of Victoria’s mineral resources in the near future.

    What are the community engagement requirements of the licence holder?

    In accordance with Section 39A of the MRSD Act, Syndicate Minerals is required to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence by:


    a) sharing with the community information about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community and;

    b) giving members of the community a reasonable opportunity to express their views about those activities.


    To this end, Syndicate Minerals is committed to working with landholders to ensure its plans are accepted and supported by the community.

    As a land holder of a property within EL007261, am I entitled to compensation?

    Syndicate Minerals must obtain land holder’s consent, or a compensation agreement must be in place before work intended to be carried out within the licence area will be approved by the Department.


    Pursuant to Section 85 of the MRSD Act, compensation is payable by the licence holder to the owner or occupier of private land that is affected by any loss or damage sustained as a direct, natural or reasonable consequence of the work undertaken in relation to an exploration licence. Compensation is not payable for the value of the minerals, nor is it a prerequisite for landholder consent. Compensation may be paid to land holders whose land is affected by exploration activities, which is defined by legislation to include land used for entry to the exploration area and includes the surface of the land to the depth of 100 metres. The following may be considered as loss or damage:


    • Deprivation of possession of the whole or any part of the surface of the land; and
    • Damage to the surface of the land; and
    • Damage to any improvements on the land; and
    • Severance of the land from other land of the owner or occupier; and
    • Loss of amenity, including recreation or conservation values; and loss of opportunity to make any planned improvement on the land; and
    • Any decrease in the market value of the owner or occupier’s interest in the land; and
    • Loss of opportunity to use tailings disposed of with the consent of the Minister under section 14(2).


    ‘Land’ in context of the above is defined by legislation to include land used for entry to the exploration area and includes the surface of the land to a depth of 100 metres. Please note, compensation is not payable for the value of the minerals, nor is it a prerequisite for landholder consent. Further, the requirement to pay compensation or form an agreement does not give landholders the absolute power to control access. If an agreement cannot be reached, the compensation claim may be referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, in accordance with Part 10 of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (VIC). If the amount of compensation in dispute is greater than $50,000, either party may seek to resolve the matter by the Supreme Court of Victoria.

    Pursuant to Section 45 of the MRSD Act, a licence holder must not conduct work, other than work using handheld tools, within 100 metres of a dwelling house unless with the consent of the landholder. Syndicate Minerals is aware of this obligation and understand the severe penalties which may be imposed by the Department upon noncompliance.

    How will concerns for environment and land use impacts be managed or addressed?

    All areas in Victoria, unless specifically exempt (for example National Parks, State Parks and Wilderness Areas) are open to exploration and mining licence applications. Before any exploration activities may commence, a work plan addressing environmental risks must be approved by the Department, and a rehabilitation bond must be paid by the licence holder, to the Department. The rehabilitation bond represents security of payment for any rehabilitation work that may be necessary as a result of the exploration activities. Additionally, licence holders are bound by the Department’s Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration (“Code”). The Code provides practical guidance about how activities are to be conducted in order to meet legislative requirements and environmental standards. With respect to rehabilitation, licence holders are required to rehabilitate any land disturbed by the carrying out of work under the licence. Rehabilitation is to be undertaken in accordance with the work plan and licence conditions, which are set by the Department. The licence holder must also consult with the land holder about any proposed rehabilitation. Syndicate Minerals remains committed to environmental protection and endeavours to work closely with the Department and landholders to ensure successful rehabilitation and the responsible and sustainable use of any mineral assets which may be found following the grant of EL007261.

  • Proposed Program of Work - EL007261

    Syndicate Minerals will take a staged approach to exploration on EL007261. Exploration will comprise the following office and field-based work:

    - Compilation of historic data in company reports and plans available in the public domain;
    - Interpretation of geological data and generation of targets;
    - Field reconnaissance by a geologist to acquire detailed lithological and structural data;
    - Airborne and ground based low impact geophysical surveys;
    - Geochemical sampling programs comprising collection of small samples of rock or soil; and
    - Testing of small priority target areas with reverse circulation or diamond core drilling.
    Please do not hesitate to contact Syndicate Minerals via its agent, Hetherington Exploration & Mining Title Services Pty Ltd on (02) 9967 4844 if you have any questions or queries in relation to EL007261.

  • Systems for Managing Impact on the Community and Environment – EL007261

    Syndicate Minerals recognises that its exploration activities may have an environmental and community impacts which will affect its licence to operate in the Heathcote region of Victoria. Syndicate Minerals is committed to operating in both an ethical and sustainable manner that minimises negative impacts on the community (including landowners and occupiers) and the environment.

    Syndicate Minerals will ensure that the proposed exploration program for EL007262 will be well planned and managed to ensure that it has little or no lasting impact on the environment and imposes minimal disruption to the surrounding communities.

    To properly manage the impact of the proposed work on the community and environment, all activities will be carried out in accordance with the Licence Conditions and Code of Practice: Standards, Procedures, and Practical Guidance under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development Act) 1990 (“Code of Practice”). Among other things, this includes the following practices:

    • Ensure that all soil imported into the exploration licence area is free of disease and noxious weeds;
    • Every effort will be made to minimise the risk and impacts of spills or leaks;
    • Minimise the spread of noxious weeds, pest animals and plant diseases whilst undertaking exploration activities;
    • Adhere to any biosecurity protocols that have been adopted on private land;
    • Design, install and maintain erosion and sediment controls to prevent erosion of areas of disturbed land and sedimentation of waterway;
    • Take all reasonable measures to prevent contamination of the environment by the release of fuels, lubricants and hazardous materials;
    • Ensure that spills of hazardous materials are cleaned up as soon as practicable;
    • Ensure that Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage is not harmed as a result of works undertaken within the exploration licence area;
    • Prior to undertaking any exploration activities, develop and implement a fire response and readiness plan;
    • Ensure all waste generated on site is disposed of at an appropriate waste management facility;
    • Potentially select, establish and manage campsites to minimise risks to the environment and/or the health and safety of people;
    • Ensure that noise generated by exploration activities does not exceed limits set by the Environment Protection Authority and the Local Council;
    • Establish dust control measures to prevent adverse impacts as a result of the release of dust, odour and/or emission of light;
    • Ensure livestock disturbance, noise, access and exclusion areas as well as rehabilitation issues are addressed in the compensation agreement to the satisfaction of the landowner/occupier;
    • Prior to commencing ground intrusive work or work involving the removal or damaging of native vegetation under the definition of low impact exploration, Syndicate Minerals is required by the Code of Practice to submit a rehabilitation bond to the satisfaction of the Minister;
    • Where possible, use existing roads and tracks for vehicles and machinery. Exploration works will be planned to use the existing roads as much as possible;
    • As is recommended practice, all vehicles, plant and machinery will be thoroughly cleaned prior to mobbing to a new site or location. Soil and organic matter will be removed from vehicles and equipment prior to moving between areas of EL007261;
    • Syndicate Minerals will comply with the Environment Protection Act 1970 (VIC) and the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP): Waters of Victoria (2003) and any other relevant legislation;
    • Take all reasonable measures to prevent adverse impacts of establishing costeans, drill holes, bulk sample excavations and trenches to the environment and/or health and safety of people; and
    • Ensure that disturbed areas are rehabilitated as soon as possible after the completion of exploration works.
  • Community Consultation – EL007261

    Syndicate Minerals is required by Section 39A of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (VIC) to consult with the community throughout the period of the licence by:

    • Sharing with the community information about any activities authorised by the licence that may affect the community; and
    • Giving members of the community a reasonable opportunity to express their views about those activities.

    Syndicate Minerals believes the community has the right to be informed and involved in decisions that will affect their area, lifestyles and interests. Accordingly, Syndicate Minerals is committed to establishing a thorough understanding of the concerns and needs of the community, so that these may addressed to the highest degree possible. To do so, Syndicate Minerals is committed to employing methods that allow for inclusive and accessible feedback mechanisms.

    Syndicate Minerals will consult with the community (including landowners and occupiers) concerning the proposed exploration licence. Syndicate Minerals is committed to establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all community stakeholders and will consult with community stakeholders regarding a variety of relevant issues, including land access and impact, infrastructure, water, special local land issues, vehicle movements, sensitive flora and fauna, and heritage sites. The community consultation will take place before any disruptive field operations take place.

    Alongside a Community Consultation and Engagement Plan, Syndicate Minerals plans to conduct the following community consultation activities:

    • Identify and consult with relevant community, government authorities and employee stakeholders;
    • Identify the potential impacts of exploration activities on relevant stakeholders;
    • Utilise face to face meetings and one on one conversations, to establish clear, open and ongoing channels of communication with all relevant stakeholders and ensure they are aware of any real and potential impacts;
    • Respond to stakeholder concerns in a timely, transparent and effective manner;
    • Establish a stakeholder Complaints Register;
    • Establishing stakeholder feedback mechanisms and demonstrate how feedback contributes to decision making;
    • Maintain records of community engagement activities;
    • Inform the chief executive of the municipalities within the exploration licence area of the proposed works and estimate duration, in writing, at least seven (7) days prior to commencing work under an approved work plan and provide further information as appropriate during the term of the licence;
    • Respect the rights, cultural beliefs and concerns of all parties having an interest in the land (and waters) within and surrounding the exploration project area;
    • If applicable, enlist local knowledge and relevant authorities in the design of the exploration works; and
    • Prior to designing and constructing geophysical and geochemical surveys, consult with the private landowner/occupier about the position of gridlines and geophysical lines.