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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1246 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 November 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1246. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

(1) How many drill cores from the goldfields region are presently stored in the Perth Core Library?

(2) How many applications from the goldfields region have been approved under the current round of the exploration incentive scheme?

(3) Has the Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie provided to the minister an assurance that all core sourced from the goldfields region during the next 12 months will be stored in the Kalgoorlie core library?


I thank the member for the very good and interesting question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

(1) The Perth Core Library currently has about 35 drill cores from the Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie. All these cores have been temporarily relocated to Perth on a case-by-case basis for spectroscopic scanning using the HyLogger and for other specific studies by geological survey staff. All cores sourced from the eastern goldfields will be returned to the Kalgoorlie core library when such studies are completed.

(2) Eleven of the 42 programs awarded funding in round 17 of the exploration incentive scheme co-funded exploration drilling program, which runs during the 2018–19 financial year, are in the eastern goldfields.

(3) All diamond core sourced from the eastern goldfields will continue to be permanently stored at the Kalgoorlie core library, including any submitted in the future. To prioritise storage space for current and future acquisitions of eastern goldfields core, material submitted from other parts of south east Western Australia may be sent to the recently expanded Perth Core Library until such time as the Kalgoorlie core library can accommodate them.