Barto Gold Mining Rolls Out a Gold Standard Ramp Up

ON THE ROAD: Barto Gold Mining has room for 60 per cent increase in capacity following the commissioning of a $25million crusher.

A confidence play based on historic yields and good science saw the company invest in both the run-of-mine and exploration at the same time from early 2020.

The Barto mine site, part of the Minjar Gold stable, is located in Western Australia’s picturesque wheatbelt about 375 kilometres east of Perth near the town of Southern Cross.

The mine had a hundred-year gold mining legacy before Barto last year invested $25 million into intensive exploration and another $25 million installing the new crusher under the stewardship of general manager Guy Simpson.

The company is processing around 100,000 ounces currently and is on track to spend another $20 million in exploration in 2021 to help meet the future 2.7 million tonnes per annum name plate capacity of the new crusher and processing facility, Simpson said.

“New mining reserves have been identified in both historic and greenfields sites across the 1100 square kilometre Barto Mine lease,” he said.

“Following exploration success, we identified a series of new open-pittable ore reserves to the north and to the south of the existing processing plant.

“The first of those is a series of four open pits at the Glendower complex, about approximately 20 kilometres to the north of the plant.

“We commenced mining at Glendower about two and a half months ago once we got all the approvals in place.

“We also identified a relatively greenfields resource called Windmills, which is a very nice ore body with a lot of potential at that depth and a lot of strike extension as well.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg and we’re going to start mining that in Q1/Q2 of next year.”

The qualified investment gamble meant the new resources could be exploited quicker than would otherwise be the case and Simpson projects the investment being paid off in under three years.

Simpson paid tribute to the vision of the company and staff and contractors who jointly stared down challenges of COVID-19, a challenging employee market and an increased regulatory burden in executing the project.

“We’re not a large organisation,” Simpson continued.

“People have more of a sense of being part of our business, there’s a lot more flexibility in their employment.

“We’re fairly fleet of foot.

“We don’t operate under a laborious approvals process and our staff like the variability that they get in the operation here.

“So, it’s important to us to make this operation the place to be.

“The location as it is, it’s in a really nice part of WA surrounded by forest and wheatfields.

“We have great accommodation and excellent catering only a 50 minute flight from Perth.

“We generate quite a lot of employment for the locals and the small businesses around town, so it’s almost like a niche operation in that it’s not big and it’s more family-oriented.”

Barto Gold was looking at a 40 per cent increase in personnel to around 280 people in the medium term while taking milling to around 2 million tonnes per annum Simpson said.

Paid advertorial. Wally Graham travelled to the opening of the Barto Mine Crusher as a guest of Minjar Gold.

Kalgoorlie virtual trail brings 125 years to life

ON THE ROAD: This Saturday the ‘golden’ history of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be brought to life with the launch of a new virtual gold trail.

Marking 125 years since Paddy Hannan staked his claim that saw prospectors from around the world flock to Western Australia’s Goldfields in one of the nation’s biggest gold rushes, the Kalgoorlie Heart of Gold Discovery Trail will take trailblazers on a golden adventure like no other via the free Heart of Gold Australia app.

“In the decade that followed Paddy’s historic discovery, the population of the State quadrupled, growing at a faster rate than Australia’s entire populace has to date,” Gold Industry Group chairman and Perth Mint chief executive officer Richard Hayes said.

“Since those fundamental beginnings, the Goldfields has developed into the gold hub of Australia, with the demand for gold helping to grow, sustain and define Western Australia and our nation.

“To celebrate the 125-year anniversary and share this region’s remarkable story, we are excited to unveil Australia’s second virtual Heart of Gold Discovery Trail at a community event this Saturday in Kalgoorlie.”

The official ceremony will commence at the Town Hall at 9.30am, followed by the unveiling of The Perth Mint sponsored replica gold bar outside Market Arcade at 10.00am which will mark the start of the trail.

Trailblazers will then be encouraged to embark on their own interactive journey to discover the City’s golden secrets at 11 locations en-route to the Museum of the Goldfields.

“From the first gold finds to the world class mining operations of today, trailblazers will delve into augmented reality treasure hunts, watch exclusive videos from gold mines nearby, and discover the evolution of gold mining with interactive widgets and more,” Hayes continued.

Launch event participants will also be the first to uncover the untold stories of locals and go behind the scenes of this fascinating industry via the Heart of Gold Australia app.

Once completing the trail at the Museum, explorers may claim their commemorative Heart of Gold medallion, with the first 250 participants to also receive a Heart of Gold cap and a Perth Mint gold bar iPhone cover.

There will be a hub of family fun activities to enjoy at the end of the trail, with giveaways to win, a virtual reality gold mine experience, first aid demonstrations, gold detecting and panning, plus the chance to train with sporting legends former Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth and West Coast Eagles defender Sam Butler, thanks to Gold Industry Group sponsors.

Set to unlock the region’s golden past, the trail also provides a valuable education opportunity, with corresponding primary and secondary school programs aligned to the Australian Curriculum now available.

In addition to the City’s new virtual trail, visitors can continue their journey by exploring the region by car to discover 15 points of interest using the app.

These will include Hannans North Tourist Mine, the Super Pit, Mount Charlotte, Eastern Goldfields Historical Society, Paddy Hannans Tree and Kanowna.

This long-term community initiative is sponsored by Gold Industry Group members: The Perth Mint, Saracen Mineral Holdings, Gold Fields Australia, Northern Star Resources, Silver Lake Resources, Ausdrill, St Barbara, Gold Road Resources, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Mining Education Australia.

The launch event is free, with participants encouraged to download the Heart of Gold Australia app bundle from Google Play or iTunes before their arrival on the day.

The Gold Industry Group (GIG) is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association governed by a Board of Directors.

It represents the interests of gold producers, explorers and suppliers to collectively champion and promote the gold sector in Australia.


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2018 RUI Explorers Conference Day One

The Resources Roadhouse covers Day One of the 2018 RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle.