Ken Maiden – SMEDG Poet Laureate toasts the Speakers

We’ve had a day that’s sublime

So I won’t take up much of your time

When I’ve finished up here

You can go for a beer

But first let me read you a rhyme

Craig Stegman, Rio Tinto.  Near-mine exploration in the Cobar Goldfield    Making use of our greatest Asset. 

Craig Stegman first started the session

And his talk made quite an impression

As he said the Peak Shear

Has provided good cheer

Based on a hunch and obsession

Bruce Hooper, Straits Resources.  The next Nifty    New strategies for the discovery of further economic deposits in the Paterson Province, WA

Bruce Hooper gave his exposition

On the Nifty mine acquisition

They’ve got a real whopper

All full of copper

But Goosewhacker – that’s the real mission

Angus Collins, Triako.  From 14 months reserve life to 7 years production, and still digging    Some good news and lessons from Mineral Hill, NSW

Then Gus Collins on Mineral Hill mine

And he gave us some wisdom divine

A left lateral splay

Would help make your day

Plus a passion for chocolate and wine

Angela Lorrigan, Pasminco (Elura).  In the valley of the shadow of administration   Exploring in uncertain times

Angela Lorrigan    well, thank you, Marm

Near-mine exploration, with charm

She delivered a homily

On her favourite anomaly

And finished off with a psalm

Stuart Smith, Rio Tinto.  Blurring the boundary between brown & green   Near mine exploration at Northparkes, NSW

Stuart Smith blurred the brown and the green

In a highly challenging scene

Of monzonite stocks

And well-altered rocks

And everything else in between

Allan McGill, MIM.  Re-assessing near mine mineral resources    The Hilton example

Allan McGill said, with some remorse

That there’s gaps in the drilling, of course,

Which appear, on inspection,

On the Hilton long section

And could lead to a bigger resource

Iain Mason, University of Sydney.  Borehole radar images of faults and potholes in precious metal reefs

It was then Iain Mason and team

Who then presented their scheme

They turned to technology

To help with geology

For mapping the faults in the seam

Neil Phillips, CSIRO.  Recent CSIRO developments in geochemical and geophysical instrumentation and techniques for near-mine exploration

Neil Phillips then talked innovation

Of techniques and instrumentation

That’s the CSIRO

Who’ll give it a go

For help with near-mine exploration

Steve Hunt, Lihir Gold.  The discovery of structure-confined blind ore extensions to the Ladolam deposits, Lihir, PNG

Steve Hunt then grabbed our attention

When he talked about blind ore extension

And he showed us some maps

Of cone sector collapse

Structure-confined, I heard mention

Dean Fredericksen, Stawell Gold Mines.  Still exploring below 1000m but no headframe

Stawell’s one of those mines from on old

They’re working down deep, so we’re told

They’ve got no headframe

But they’re still in the game

And increasing their resource of gold

David Sleigh, Selwyn Mines.  Digesting data to put on weight

Dave Sleigh says they’ve found lots of ore

At Selwyn, at Swan and Mount Dore

But I must ask the question

If he’s got indigestion

Why does he come back for more

Rob Taylor & Scott Halley, AurionGold. What a difference a hole makes… the evolution of the Darwin Zone, Henty, Tasmania

Then a story of investigation

Of faith and determination

Great assays, good Lord,

Went straight to the Board

Hence the Darwin Zone mineralisation

Ron Cunneen, Gympie Gold. Mine and near mine exploration   Getting engineers and accountants to find orebodies


And finally there’s Ron Cunneen

With an interesting management scene

And you can intertwine

Exploration and mine

To create an efficient machine




When you’re tracking the ore to its source

Or you want to announce to the bourse

Just take up your drill

And go over the hill

And find there a big new resource

The pressures to succeed never cease

When you’re after that next golden fleece

But you don’t need to panic

Or shift chairs on the Titanic

You can find a new life on lease