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Hon Warren Entsch MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the   Minister for Industry, Science and Resources



Hon Wayne Matthew MP

SA Minister for Minerals and Energy

Minister Assisting the Deputy Premier

Friday, 1 December 2000                00/557   

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - MORE TO EXPLORE  'South Australia - There's More to Explore' is the message being sent to the resources industry at today's Office of Mineral and Energy Resources Open Day, with two new sets of encouraging geological data highlighting the untapped potential of South Australia's mineral resources. 

The first data from a three year Federal and State collaborative airborne exploration program in the Gawler Craton is part of the new information available to miners from today. 

Warren Entsch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, said that airborne electromagnetics are an important new tool to map the hydrogeochemical spread of metals such as gold and copper, within the regolith cover (the layer of weathered material that sits on the solid bedrock). 

"Information of this kind will assist in the understanding of regional geochemical processes," Mr Entsch said. "Having a better understanding of this information will assist with mineral exploration programs in the Gawler Craton. 

"This collaborative effort between Federal and State governments is of great benefit to Australian mineral exploration. Through combining our knowledge and resources, both the states and Australia are at an advantage," he said. 

South Australian Minerals and Energy Minister, Wayne Matthew, said he was excited about future mining prospects in the Gawler Craton region,

identified in this latest study. 

"The South Australian resources industry has experienced encouraging growth over the last eighteen months," Mr Matthew said.  

"If we want to see that production growth continue, mining companies must make new mineral discoveries. As such, this Government has undertaken a deliberate plan of targeting under-explored regions in the State, to underpin that exploration effort. We welcome the Federal Government's support, through the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, for that effort. 

"Today's release of Gawler Craton and Musgrave Block data sets add significantly to the knowledge available to exploration companies seeking mining opportunities in South Australia. I am hopeful that new data coming to light today could spark further investment in this State's resources industry." 

The Office of Minerals and Energy Resources Open Day is being held in the Rubikon Precinct at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, as part of the annual St Barbara's Day celebrations - St Barbara is the patron saint of mining. Minister Matthew will open proceedings at 9am. 

Along with the collaborative Gawler Craton data, new aeromagnetic data for the Musgrave Block in the State's far north, acquired under the State Government's Targeted Exploration Initiative, will also be released.

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