Mt Norma

The Mt Norma project consists of 9 exploration permits for any minerals other than coal (EPMs) and 11 mining leases, covering a total area of 144kmĀ² centred approximately 30km southeast of Cloncurry. In addition to the extensive land holding, QMC also owns a copper sulphate leaching plant with a designed capacity of 6 tonnes per day currently placed under care and maintenance in Mt Norma.

The project area overlies the eastern limb of the regional N-S trending Snake Creek anticline. The prominent Cloncurry fault is only a few kilometres to the west. The regional stratigraphy consists mainly of metasediments and meta-volcanics of the Middle Proterozoic Soldiers Cap Group, in particular the Llewellyn Creek Formation overlain by Mount Norma Quartzite and Toole Creek Volcanics members. The area has seen intermittent small scale mining of oxide copper and gold resources, beginning in the late 1800s with abundant old workings and outcropped mineralization. The project is considered highly prospective for shear zone controlled copper-gold-silver-uranium mineralization.

Recent exploration by QMC has returned encouraging results, including

  • 18m @ 5.06% Copper and 32.9 g/t Silver from 76m in Hole MN_08_008RC, including 8m @ 9.10% Copper and 58.8g/t Silver from 84m in Mt Norma; and
  • 20m @ 1.16% Copper and 0.29g/t Gold from 54m in Hole ES_08_024RC in Evening Star.