Date(s) - 07/09/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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(venue opens at 6.30pm for socialising)
Beta Hunt is an underground nickel and gold mine located approximately 5 km from Kambalda, with the operation located under Lake Lefroy.
Although the mine is well known as a nickel-producing mine, stories of nugget gold and in particular specimen stone have been reported but the discoveries are not well documented or perhaps were mined illegally. Salt Lake Mining negotiated with Goldfields to acquire the gold rights and were able to mine both nickel and gold.
John Vinar was hired in 2016 as Geology Manager to commission the gold production and build on the gold inventory. Beta Hunt is the only mine in Australia and possibly the world that can say it can produce gold and nickel ore from the one mine.
During my 4-year term, not only did I create the gold mine but was fortunate to also hunt for the mythological gold specimen stone which led to the “Father’s Day” discovery in 2018. My talk is about the lead up to the discovery and the need for preservation of this unique gold type.