The Bathurst Island remains a relative remote and greenfield
exploration opportunity. A reconnaissance trip was conducted
in 2008 with 24 samples were recovered for sampling purposes.
Sampling results confirms presents of iron units on the
Bathurst Island, the iron ore grades ranges from 32% Fe
to the highest 56.7% Fe.
After the reconnaissance trip to the island, an aeromagnetic
survey of the island was undertaken in 2009. The Results
showed strong reflector exists in the west of the western
edge of Bathurst Island, results shown in the figure below.
Total Magnetic Intensity Interpretation
An exploration scoping study was taken for the assessment
of future exploration budget and targets were carried out.
April 2011 reconnaissance trip to the island and rock samples
collected confirms the presence of iron mineralised Wonganin
In 2011, as part of the independent geology trip to Bathurst,
9 new rock chip samples were collected from surface outcrops.
This was done to confirm the presence of iron on the island
to determine if further work was warranted. These samples
confirmed the earlier results and extended the known area
of surface mineralisation to the south-east of the island.
To conduct heritage surveys of areas of interest on Bathurst
Island, execute an island wide mapping and surface sampling
field trip and collect appropriate flora and fauna information
required to lodge a Programme of Work application with the
WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP). Further funding
may allow this programme to be slightly accelerated and
a small number of scout holes put in to confirm mineralisation
styles and grades of iron as well as distribution over a
small area. A fully funded raising will allow many more
holes to be completed which should lead to the generation
of at least an Inferred Resource, the collection of material
for an initial metallurgical assessment and enough information
to conduct a Scoping Study of mineralisation on Bathurst