Fraser Range Maiden Results In

Assay results for the maiden drill program for Fraser Range Metals group have been received for their project in the Fraser Range Belt. A total of four reverse circulation drill holes were completed, with a drilling program targeting electromagnetic conductors over a nickel copper target area.
24m @ 0.08% Cu from 144m, including 12m @0.09% Cu from 152m (FRMRC002)
3m @ 0.13% Cu from 172m (FRMRC003)
These highlights both had elevated gold values, with FRMRC002 showing a higher gold PPM.
Executive Director of Fraser Range Metals Group Matthew Banks said ”We are encouraged by the first assay results from our maiden drilling programme at the Fraser Range Project. The anomalous copper intersections were coincident with disseminated sulphides observed in the RC chips, and aligned with the modelled EM conductors, particularly in hole FRMRC002, which may indicated they are part of a larger mineralised system”.
Fraser Range Metals tenements are south of the Trans Australian Railway and lie alongside tenements held by Independence Group, Legend Mining, Creasy Mining and Galileo Mining. The company also intends to undertake further studies and assays to model the area for future exploration. 

Qantas Announces Reduction In Capacity And Services

Qantas has announced a decrease in International services as a result of the Coronavirus.

This follows on from the spread of Coronavirus through Europe, North America and Asia. The cuts are expected to continue until September.

Most A380 Flights are being replaced with the B787 which have approximately 250 less seats. The Sydney – London via Singapore flights have been redirected via Perth. While B747 flights from Sydney – Tokyo have been changed to an A330 service. Subsidiary Jetstar is also suspending routes and reducing capacity.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has announced also that there will be cuts to bonuses for management and the Group Executive team will take a pay cut for the rest of the year. Mr Joyce in particular will take no salary for the remainder of the FY20 However Mr Joyce also points out that Qantas can cut further or put capacity back should the need arise. “We expect lower demand to continue for the next several months, so taking a piecemeal approach we’re cutting capacity out to mid September. This improves or ability to reduce costs as well as giving more certainty to the market, customers and our people” “The Qantas Group is a strong business in a challenging environment. We have a robust balance sheet, low debt levels and most of our profit comes from the domestic market. We’re in a good position to ride this out, but we need to take steps to maintain this strength” He said.




Effective dates

(until mid-Sept 2020)


Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda)

B747 replaced by smaller A330

30 March


– 7 return flights per week cancelled (QF 37/38)

– B787 replaced by larger A330 on 7 return flights per week (QF 35/36)

– 20 April

– 4 May

North America


Route launch postponed

Was to start 15 April

Brisbane-San Francisco

Route suspended (3 return flights per week)

18 April

Sydney-San Francisco

B787 replaced by larger B747

18 April

Melbourne-San Francisco

Route suspended (4 return flights per week)

18 April

Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth

A380 replaced by smaller B787

20 April

Melbourne-Los Angeles

A380 replaced by smaller B787

1 June


Seasonal service suspended (3 return flights per week)

June and July only

United Kingdom

Sydney-London (Heathrow)

– Flights to operate via Perth (instead of Singapore)

then non-stop to London.

– Perth-London to become double daily as a result.

– A380 replaced by smaller B787

20 April

South America


Delaying planned B787 introduction and continuing with B747

1 August

Note: The suspension of the A380 and First Class from Singapore routes will see the Qantas First Lounge in Singapore close temporarily, with customers instead invited to use the adjacent Qantas Business Lounge.

Note: Qantas B787 has approx. 250 less seats than an A380.  


Qantas – Extension of previously announced cancellations

(Until mid-Sept 2020 unless stated)




Route continues to be suspended until at least mid-July (7 flights per week)

(sole route to mainland China)

Sydney-Hong Kong

Reduced from 14 to 7 return flights per week

Melbourne-Hong Kong

Reduced from 7 to 4 return flights per week (1 additional cancellation per week from previously announced cuts)

Brisbane-Hong Kong

Reduced from 7 to 3 return flights per week (1 additional cancellation per week from previously announced cuts)

 Note: Further capacity reductions will also be made on flights to Japan and New Zealand, with other Asian routes under evaluation.


Jetstar Airways – Summary of New Changes



Effective date

(until end June but may be extended)



Route suspended

1 May

Sydney/Melbourne-Ho Chi Minh

Flights reduced by over 50 per cent

1 May

Japan routes

Flights reduced by almost 40 per cent

20 May


Minor flight reductions

1 May

Note: Further capacity reductions will also be made on flights to New Zealand, with other Asian routes are under evaluation.

Worker Killed At Goldfields Workshop

A worker has died at a workshop site in Kalgoorlie Boulder over the weekend. The Monadelphous worker was in a yard Saturday March 7 when it’s appeared the worker sustained injury and later passed away.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague in the close-knit community of Kalgoorlie. We extend our sincere condolences to our employee’s family, friends and colleagues during this very difficult time,” Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said. The wellbeing of our people is our primary focus, and support is being provided to our employee’s family, as well as to our team in the Goldfields. At Monadelphous, the safety and wellbeing of our people is a core value. We will be conducting a thorough investigation into the accident and working with the relevant authorities.

The family of the man released a statement on Sunday saying they were “proud as punch” of the 26 year old who had relocated back to Kalgoorlie Boulder about 12 months ago. They described him as a very social family man and also gave thanks for the support received.

“We would like to thank our, and his, family, close friends, the Goldfields community and Monadelphous for their support during this terrible time,”

Friends and colleagues also took to social media to share their thoughts, love and support.

The management and staff at Worthy Parts and Industry Link Media offer their sympathy to the family and friends.

Cadia Tops Australian Record Gold Production Figures

The December quarter gold production figures have been released from Surbiton Associates. These figures show an all time high production and some spread across the nation for gold. Australia’s gold production for 2019 was an all time record of 325 tonnes, with the December quarter producing 87 tonnes alone. 2018 was the previous record with 317 tonnes for a calendar year.

Newcrest’s Cadia Operation in New South Wales topped the list for not only being Australia’s largest gold producer in the December quarter, but also the largest gold producer for the 2019 calendar year. Cadia East produced 239,772 ounces in the December quarter 43,700 ounces more than Newmont Corp’s Boddington operation in Western Australia.

“In addition to 2019 having the highest ever gold production in Australia, the December 2019 quarter was really outstanding,” said Dr Sandra Close, a director of Surbiton Associates. “The record output was due to new projects coming on stream and ramping up production, other operations recovering from poor performances in the September quarter and some increases in throughput and grade.”

A former darling of the annual and quarterly figures, The Kalgoorlie Boulder Super Pit was not part of the figures released today, however Dr Close concluded

“Sales of Kalgoorlie’s Super Pit interests were announced in late 2019, with joint venturers Barrick Gold and Newmont selling to Saracen Mineral Holdings and Northern Star Resources, respectively. This has finally resolved the ongoing ownership uncertainties at one of Australia’s largest gold mines,” Dr Close said. “The ownership changes bode well for the future, and both Saracen and Northern Star have undertaken substantial further gold price hedging in support of their new acquisitions.”

Cadia East lifted its production by 68,000 ounces and Goldfields St Ives, had an increase in production of 32,600 ounces. While operations for Auralia Metals Peak mine near Cobar and Evolution Mining’s Cowal and Mt Carlton mines produced less this quarter. While Victorian operators are still grappling with a recent gold production royalty.

December Quarter Figures:

Operation Ounces Owner State
Cadia East 239,722 Newcrest Mining Ltd NSW
Boddington 196,000 Newmont Corp WA
Fosterville 191,864 Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd VIC
Tanami 139,000 Newmont Corp NT
Tropicana – JV 133,932 AngloGold Ashanti 70%Independence Group LTD 30% WA



Operation Ounces Owner State
Cadia East 871,246 Newcrest Mining Ltd NSW
Boddington 703,000 Newmont Corp WA
Fosterville 619,367 Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd VIC
Tropicana – JV 513,433 AngloGold Ashanti 70%Independence Group LTD 30% WA
Tanami 500,000 Newmont Corp NT

Produced with assistance of Surbiton Associates