Community & Business

26 June, 2024

New era ahead for historic mine

WOLFRAM Camp mine outside of Dimbulah could be given a new lease on life, after EQ Resources was granted an Exploration Permit for Minerals (EPM), marking a significant step toward unlocking the critical mineral potential of the historic site.

New era ahead for historic mine - feature photo

The permit paves the way for the re-commercialisation of the site, with EQ Resources promising it would boost local employment and economic growth.

The primary focus of the exploration is tungsten, a critical mineral vital for renewable technologies. 

The EPM approval allows EQ Resources to commence extensive on-ground activities across a 480 square kilometre area, including drilling, geological mapping, and soil and rock sampling. This area encompasses the former Wolfram Camp and Bamford Hill mines.

“The approval of this exploration permit is a crucial step in our mission to transform Queensland’s former mines into productive, job creating assets,” Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart said.

“EQ Resources has a proven track record in revitalising former mines.

“Revitalising Wolfram Camp will not only provide significant economic benefits but also ensures a steady supply of tungsten, critical for renewable energy technologies.

“This will not only create more good jobs for the region but helps us meet the challenge of leading the world towards a decarbonised future.”

Wolfram Camp, named after wolframite (an important primary ore of tungsten), has been a mining site since the 19th century and ceased operation in 2018. 

Tungsten, known for its highest melting point and tensile strength among pure metals, is indispensable in various technologies, such as solar cells, wind turbine blades, microelectronics, and energy storage systems.

Global demand for critical minerals like tungsten is rising as countries strive for a net-zero future. 

EQ Resources CEO Kevin MacNeill said his team was committed to sustainable mining practices and community engagement, while helping small regional areas boom with economic opportunities. 

“As we did with the Mt Carbine Mine, we are committed to engaging closely with all local communities around Wolfram Camp to create shared prosperity and opportunities,” he said.

“This includes generating new employment avenues, contributing to the local economy, and promoting responsible environmental stewardship in alignment with EQR’s core values. 

“Having successfully navigated the permitting process, we are excited to get boots on the ground.

"Our team of experienced professionals will apply modern exploration techniques and state-of-the-art technologies to maximise Wolfram Camp and the surrounding site's potential while minimising its environmental footprint.”

Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin was excited to hear about the permit granted to unlock critical minerals in the shire.

“Mareeba Shire is a region rich with mineral resources and economic diversity is important for our shire,” she said. 

“It is great to see the development of resource-based operations and this permit will be an opportunity for this industry to grow.”


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