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This deep-dive project is delivering new data and knowledge to assess the mineral and energy potential in undercover regions between Tennant Creek, Mount Isa and Georgetown, maximising opportunities for the resources sector in the region.

Building on the work completed in the first four years of the Exploring for the Future program (2016-2020), the project is undertaking drilling and analysing samples in the East Tennant and South Nicholson regions, in collaboration with MinEx CRC. This work tests geological interpretations and the inferred mineral and energy potential of these covered regions. Further work includes analysis of groundwater chemistry and extension of magnetotelluric data (AusLAMP) eastwards across the margins of the Mount Isa Province. The results are being integrated into pre-competitive geoscientific coverages to facilitate progression from stimulating exploration to supporting discovery.

A key focus is assessing opportunities for secondary prospectivity through the analysis of mine waste in Queensland’s North West Minerals Province, identifying potential sites for retreatment and recovery of critical minerals.