JOE LORD CORE LIBRARY —
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
(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?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
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.