Outback Commences Reconnaisance Drilling At Yeungroon
March 29, 2023
Vancouver, British Columbia – March 29th, 2023 – Outback Goldfields Corp. (the “Company” or “Outback”) (TSX.V: OZ) (OTCQB:OZBKF) is pleased to announce the commencement of reconnaissance-style drilling across the highly prospective O’Connors target at its Yeungroon gold project, in the Victorian gold fields of Australia.
“We are excited to kick-off this drill program at Yeungroon. The overarching goal for this phase of drilling is to expand on our highly encouraging geochemical results from our first phase of drilling across the recently identified O’Connor’s target,” commented Chris Donaldson, President & CEO. “Drilling will cover an interpreted strike-length of over 3 kilometers and should form the basis for additional drilling, which may include deep diamond drilling. The portable air-core rig together with almost real-time geochemical results will allow us to get to that decision point relatively soon.”
Drilling at Yeungroon is focused on the western side of the project across the newly identified, northerly trending O’Connor’s structural corridor that is spatially coincident with an open-ended, high-arsenic geochemical anomaly (see Company news release dated October 19th, 2022). Arsenic (e.g., 10-100 ppm) is a proven pathfinder for gold mineralization in the Victorian gold fields and can also form broad zones of elevated values peripheral to gold-bearing quartz-reefs.
A highly-portable, truck-mounted air-core drill rig is being used to map and sample the top of bedrock below clay-rich and geochemically leached red soil cover. Over 120 holes are planned across three east-west lines with an average depth of 15 metres. Holes will be spaced 100 metres apart testing a north-south extent of over 3.0 kilometres. Rock-chip samples from the air-core drill rig will be analysed daily with a pXRF (portable Xray fluorescence) instrument to provide close to real-time geochemical data focused on arsenic contents. Based on these results, numerous deeper holes are anticipated, targeting any anomalies identified. Selected drill samples from the program will be submitted to a lab for multi-element geochemical analyses including fire-assays for gold.
The reconnaissance-style drill program has two primary objectives:
1. Test the potential of the O’Connors anomaly along strike for over 3 kilometers. The anomaly is spatially coincident with a series of interpreted north-south trending faults, evident in aeromagnetic geophysical data, interpreted to be associated with the district-scale O’Connors fault zone (Figure 1). These magnetic lineaments are interpreted to be prospective fault zones that may host gold-bearing quartz-reefs.
Figure 1 - Planned Air Core drilling aims to test for extensions of the O'Connors anomaly, which is currently open along strike to north and South. The northern extent of the Moondyne mineralized trend will also be tested. Note the position of the A to B cross-section in Figure 2.
2. Test beneath the O’Connors geochemical anomaly to investigate the association of near-surface high-arsenic geochemistry with quartz reef-hosted gold mineralization at depth (Figure 2).
Figure 2 - Cross section looking north showing targeted reef structures. Note, these structures are conceptual in nature. Previous drill holes only reached depths of 15m below surface successfully identifying the strong arsenic anomalies at the O’Connors Target zone but were not extended to sufficient depths to test for potential gold bearing reefs. Deeper holes are anticipated for this phase of drilling.
Outback recognises the importance of open and honest community engagement in all our exploration activities. We approach all our exploration activities in a sustainable manner and ensure our activities comply with the Victorian Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration. As such, community consultation with local landowners is ongoing.
National Instrument 43-101 Disclosure
This news release has been approved by Mr. Matthew Hernan (FAusIMM(CP), MAIG) an independent consultant and "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators.
About Outback Goldfields Corp.:
Outback Goldfields Corp. is actively exploring its package of highly prospective gold projects located in the historic Victoria Goldfields of Australia. The goldfields of Victoria are home to some of the highest grade and lowest cost mining in the world, including the Fosterville Gold Mine in Victoria
Chris Donaldson, CEO and Director
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