Eureka! Mapping shows Coast properties littered with gold
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.