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Wednesday, 8 June 1994
Page: 1552

(Question No. 1299)

Senator Macdonald asked the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, upon notice, on 30 March 1994:

  With reference to 10 000 hectares of the Starcke Property in north Queensland which is subject to mining exploration under permit by an Australian-registered company named Starcke Gold:

  (1) Approximately how much money will have been spent by Starcke Gold on exploration costs when their tenure expires at the end of March 1994.

  (2) Has the company complied with the conditions of its permit.

  (3) Who are the owners and directors of Starcke Gold and are the owners and directors Australian citizens.

  (4) Has the company applied for extension of its permit over any part of Starcke; if so, what is the state of such application.

  (5) Approximately how many jobs will be created if Starcke Gold is allowed to mine the 10 000 hectares of the Starcke property which they are currently exploring.

  (6) Have any other companies been issued exploration permits or licences over any part of Starcke Holdings; if so, what are the names of these companies and are the directors of these companies Australian citizens.

  (7) Is there any native title application in relation to the 10 000 hectares which has been proposed for the mining lease.

  (8) Is it necessary to obtain the consent of native title applicants to the area of the mining lease; if so, has this been done and what, it any, conditions have been imposed.

Senator Faulkner —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Starcke Gold Pty Ltd is recorded as having spent $30,430 on exploration costs between 31 March 1992 and 28 February 1994.

  (2) Yes.

  (3) Starcke Gold Pty Ltd is an Australian-registered company under the Corporations Law of Queensland incorporated in 1991. Directors of Starcke Gold Pty Ltd are Mr E Eliadis and Mr T Tavourlaris, solicitors of Brisbane.

  Shareholders are NAF International Ltd (20%), River Holdings SA (40%) and Sargon Invest. Inc. (40%) which are companies registered in Monrovia, Liberia. Their directors are members of the law firm of Roussos and Hatzedimitriou of Piraeus, Greece.

  (4) On 28 February 1994, one month before the expiry of Exploration Permit for Minerals (EPM) 8634, Starcke Gold Pty Ltd conditionally surrendered EPM 8634 in favour of an application for a new exploration permit (EPM 10035). This saw a sizeable part of the original permit surrendered, for a small additional area on the east where geochemical anomalies have been encountered. This additional area is still within the proposed Resources Reserve designed to encompass the potentially mineralised area. The Queensland Department of Minerals and Energy granted the permit, subject to the receipt of a security deposit.

  (5) It is far too premature to speculate on the type of mine that could be appropriate or the size of the workforce likely to be necessary. It is unlikely that any mine would encompass the whole of the approximately 10 000 ha Resources Reserve.

  (6) There are no other exploration permits current over Starcke Holding. Mr M P Hoy, a north Queensland resident, continues to hold three small mining leases within the area of the exploration permit of Starcke Gold Pty Ltd.

  (7) No.

  (8) No.