Eureka! Map­ping shows Coast prop­er­ties lit­tered with gold

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

IT’S OUR very own Eureka mo­ment.

Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines map­ping re­vealed there was gold in Sun­shine Coast hills, or at least, there could be. Aban­doned gold mines dot the re­gion, with prospect­ing hot spots in the hin­ter­land as well as one closer to the coast­line.

There are aban­doned gold mines aplenty in the re­gion’s west, with sites near Im­bil, off Mary Val­ley Rd, while a pocket of shafts can be found near Ke­nil­worth and Ki­daman Creek, off Maleny Rd. Closer to the coast, North Arm has a smat­ter­ing of aban­doned mines off Pathara Dr, near Hid­den Val­ley Rd.

Sepp Schem­bera has owned land at North Arm since 1988 and op­er­ated Papil­lon Min­ing and Golden Sur­prise which had been mined for gold in the late 1920s and into the 1930s. He said test­ing un­der­taken in 1995 found residue in tail­ings, enough to en­cour­age him to be­gin fur­ther ex­plo­rations, in­clud­ing un­der­ground.

He said up to 10g per tonne of gold and 1000g per tonne of sil­ver were found in their test­ing.

“It’s a good project but it’s too close to town,” Mr Schem­bera said.

He said there had been 49 leases for gold min­ing on the prop­erty in the 1930s, show­ing it was a rich prospect. It was mostly an amal­gam of gold and sil­ver at his North Arm prop­erty and he didn’t be­lieve there were many other sig­nif­i­cant gold re­sources on the Coast.

He said his mine had been af­fected by the clo­sure of Gympie Gold, but be­lieved there would re­main sig­nif­i­cant gold through­out the Gympie re­gion.

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