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Morning News Bites – September 23

Morning News Bites for September 23. Westpac announces a new board member Micheal Hawker AM as Alison Burns retires from the board at the conclusion of the 2020 AGM. Guzman Y Gomez has its best week of sales in Australia on record and looks at potential IPO and Kathmandu has taken a hit to the tune of $NZ135 m.

Hammer Metals Ltd reportes that the assays from its Qld State Government Collaborative Exploration Initiative has funded 507m diamond drilling programme at the Koppany Copper – Copper and Rare Earth Element prospect located to the southeast of the historic Mary Kathleen mine. The drilling intersected broad zones of visible REE mineralisation (Allanite) and multiple zones of stringer and semi-massive sulphide mineralisation. Downhole EM has been conducted and processing of this data is underway. Managing Director, Daniel Thomas said, “The gold exploration review highlights the latent opportunity that exists within Hammer’s Mount Isa portfolio. With much of the region’s historic exploration focusing on base metal deposits, we have an opportunity to review these areas through a different lens and add quality exploration targets to the portfolio. The tenure that we have near the former Tick Hill mine has not been systematically explored and presents a unique opportunity for Hammer to continue progressing our efforts in advancing grass roots exploration concepts within the Mount Isa region.”

Sabre Resources Limited announced that promising drill targets have been identified following the interpretation of the airborne magnetic survey at the Bonanza Project. Three major new drill targets identified, located on fault splays extending from the Youanmi Fault. North east trending faults extend right through to the recent Penny West gold discovery area of Ramelius Resources Ltd. Interpreted dilation zones identified at the intersection of faults represent targets for gold mineralisation As a result of the success of the current aeromagnetic survey the company is considering extending the airborne magnetic survey further to both the west and to the south of the area currently surveyed. The company is now working on a drilling program and will conduct drilling as soon as possible.

Yandal Resources Ltd provided an  update on key feasibility study activities at the Flushing Meadows prospect within the Ironstone Well gold project located in the highly prospective Yandal Greenstone Belt in Western Australia. Geotechnical diamond drilling program completed and the holes equipped for ground water monitoring as part of open pit dewatering and flow testing studies in October, with significant new oxide mineralisation intersected including highlights of 2.90m @ 4.46g/t Au from 29.00m including 1.00m @ 7.96g/t Au, 9.60m @ 3.70g/t Au from 54.00m including 1.00m @ 16.92g/t Au and 6.04m @ 2.88g/t Au from 32.96m including 1.04m @ 12.78g/t Au.  Drill core has been retained for metallurgical ore characterisation and recovery test work suitable for evaluation by potential toll mill operators, Digital modelling of geology and mineralisation envelopes has been completed ahead of independent data verification and compilation of an updated Mineral Resource Estimate planned for October.

Silver Lake Resources Limited announced that the Board has approved Deflector South West access, development and production, underpinning a longer life, higher margin operation and further enhancing the returns from the Deflector processing plant CIP upgrade. The Deflector South West lodes are located adjacent to the existing underground mine and have a higher gold and copper tenor relative to the global Deflector Ore Reserve and Mineral Resource. The Deflector South West lodes account for 35% of the Deflector Ore Reserve and 30% of the Mineral Resource. The current Ore Reserve and continued strong exploration results demonstrate the continuity of the Deflector South West lodes and support the investment decision to establish decline access and associated mine infrastructure from the existing Deflector open pit.

An update on RC drilling activities at Majestic and Fingals Fortune, both part of the Fingals Gold Project for Black Cat Syndicate Limited. Highlights include the first 16 holes (~3,482m) at Imperial/Majestic have been drilled, targeting extensions to the Imperial/Majestic deposits. Results from the first 3 holes are encouraging with multiple gold zones in each hole with a number of high-grade intersections including, 6m @ 7.01 g/t Au from 167m, 4m @ 9.11 g/t Au from 178m, 2m @ 15.40 g/t Au from 184m and 6m @ 6.59 g/t Au from 53m. A JORC Mineral Resource update for Fingals Fortune is expected to be completed in October 2020. Managing Director, Gareth Solly said: “Thick high-grade results from our initial drilling at both Imperial and Majestic have been pleasing. RC drilling is ongoing in this area as part of our planned +60,000m drilling program. The results at Fingals Fortune were also encouraging, intersecting new lodes to the south, and will form part of an updated Resource release in October 2020. Resources at Myhree, Boundary and Trump will also be updated in October 2020.”

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