Outback Ramps-Up Yeungroon Exploration Program
June 28, 2021
Vancouver, British Columbia – June 28, 2021 – Outback Goldfields Corp. (the “Company” or “Outback”) (CSE: OZ) is pleased to report that it has expedited its exploration program across its Yeungroon property, northern Victorian Goldfields.
“With all the excitement from recent discoveries in the Victorian Goldfields lately we are please to ramp-up our exploration efforts across our highly-prospective Yeungroon property. Outback is now actively exploring on three of its four properties. At Yeungroon, the presence of widespread historic alluvial and reef-centred gold mines on the eastern side of the property with documented gold nugget occurrences, suggest a strong potential for local reef-hosted gold mineralization. Our local Ballarat-based technical team have already started prospecting and soil sampling these areas with the primary goal of defining new drill targets. The high-grade, historic Golden Jacket mine on the western side of the property remains untested and represents a priority area for our upcoming grid-based RAB drill program,” commented Chris Donaldson, CEO.
Based on a comprehensive review and interpretation of recently acquired, property-wide, airborne geophysical data (magnetics and radiometrics; see OZ news released dated March 2nd, 2021), together with data from previous geological and geochemical surveys, several high-priority zones of interest are defined within the main Golden Jacket, Moondyne and Wedderburn target areas (Figure 1). Exploration will focus on investigating the structural setting and associated geochemical footprints of known reef-hosted gold mineralization as well as to define new targets worthy of drill testing.
Wedderburn: The immediate focus for groundwork is the northern extent of the Wedderburn Goldfields where previous work identified numerous, untested, north-trending arsenic-in-soil anomalies considered prospective for reef-hosted gold mineralization (Figure 1 inset). Follow-up soil geochemical grids, north and south of these anomalies as well as along parallel structures will be completed. Geological and structural mapping will be conducted to better inform the lithological distribution of the regionally prospective Castlemaine Group as well as previously documented north-trending, gold-bearing quartz reefs (e.g., Peep O’day, Lincoln, and Allenvale). Prospecting along historic gold-bearing alluvial channels with documented occurrences of gold nuggets (e.g., Roberts and Nott, 1984) will also help focus further exploration efforts in productive areas.
Golden Jacket: Plans to thoroughly investigate the mineralization potential of the Golden Jacket Fault, host to the historic high-grade Golden Jacket and Nine Mile mines (Figure 1), are being finalised. A RAB (rotary air-blast) drill will be used to systematically map the geology and geochemistry of bedrock below widespread post-mineralization cover rocks. Land access agreements for the program are being finalised.
Figure 1. Map of the Yeungroon tenements showing recently completed airborne magnetic geophysical data and priority target areas in relation to nearby historic Wedderburn Goldfield. Inset – map showing arsenic-in-soil anomalies. Data derived from a portable XRF (see reference 3 below). Note: Au production values are historic estimates (see references below).
The 698 km2 Yeungroon property is transected by the north-trending, crustal-scale Avoca fault, which separates the western Stawell zone from the Eastern Bendigo zone. The western side of the Yeungroon property contains the historic Golden Jacket hard-rock reef mine associated with the regional-scale, northwest-trending Golden Jacket fault. Historic mining records indicate the Golden Jacket mine produced quartz-rich ore with grades of up to 250 grams per tonne gold (Bibby and More, 1998) however, the vertical and lateral extent of mineralization has yet to be tested by drilling.
The eastern side of the project is underlain by Ordovician rocks of the Castlemaine group and comprises the northern extent of the Wedderburn Goldfield, where numerous small-scale, historic alluvial and hard-rock mines are located (Figure 1).
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 has commenced.
1. Edwards, J., Moore, D.H., Bibby, L.M., and Lynn, S.F., 2001, Wedderburn 1:100,000 map area geological report, Geological Survey of Victoria Report 122, 118 p.
2. Bibby, L.M., and Moore, D.H., 1998, Charlton 1:100,000 map area geological report, Geological Survey of Victoria Report 116, 95 p.
3. Petratherm Limited ASX News Release, March 27th, 2020
4. Roberts, P., and Nott, R., 1984, Wedderburn Gold Field (on photomosaic) 1:25,000 geological map, Geological Survey of Victoria, GSV Catalogue Record #10827
Data Verification and National Instrument 43-101 Disclosure
Some data disclosed in this news release is historical in nature. Neither the Company nor a Qualified Person, as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"), have verified the data, and, therefore, investors should not place undue reliance on such data. In some cases, the data may be unverifiable. Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby and/or geologically similar properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the company's property. The technical information disclosed in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Christopher Leslie, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
About Outback Goldfields Corp.
Outback Goldfields Corp. is a well financed exploration mining company holding a package of four highly prospective gold projects located proximate and adjacent to the Fosterville Gold Mine in Victoria, Australia. The initial Phase 1 exploration program is now underway on three of the four company properties. The Goldfields of Victoria, Australia is in the midst of a modern-day gold rush and is home to some of the highest grade and lowest cost mining in the world.
Chris Donaldson, CEO and Director
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