Drilling kicks off at Great Southern Mining’s (ASX:GSN) exciting Duketon gold project in early June.

Great Southern holds ~10% of the gold rich Duketon greenstone belt in WA.

Like major miner Regis Resources (ASX:RRL) – which controls most of the rest of the Duketon Belt — Great Southern believes there are multimillion ounce monsters to be found here.

Historic exploration data, including 12,000 drill holes and 24,000 soil samples, has pinpointed at least 21 targets for follow up drilling including ‘Southern Star’.

This drilling from 2017-18 pulled up highlights like:

  • 15m @ 6.5g/t gold incl. 4m @ 23.3g/t
  • 50m @ 1.8g/t incl. 5m @ 9.2 g/t and 6m @ 2.9 g/t
  • 50m @ 1.6 g/t incl. 17m @ 3.8 g/t
  • 34m @ 2.3 g/t incl. 12m @ 5.3 g/t

That’s thick and high grade.

“We are excited to be commencing RC drilling at our recently acquired Southern Star project,” Great Southern chief exec Sean Gregory says.

“The drilling is aimed at building on the previous excellent exploration results from 2017-2018 that were achieved from less than 10,000m of drilling.

“We also intend to test the first of our regional exploration targets including the nearby One Weight Wonder prospect and additional targets pending soil survey results.”


One Weight Wonder

This barely drilled gold anomaly is 1km long, about 1km west of Southern Star.

It was uncovered back in 1995, when three shallow drill holes returned very promising intercepts like 4m at 2.7g/t gold from 28m.

Amazingly, these significant intersections have not been followed up until now, and the target remains open, Great Southern says.

850 soil samples have just been collected from the field at One Weight Wonder and another regional target, ‘Amy Clarke’.

The soil assays are pending and will be used to further refine the drill hole locations at One Weight Wonder and other prospects.


Drilling plans

The overall drilling program will start with an initial 3,500m at Southern Star, aimed at confirming the continuity of the gold mineralisation, identifying higher-grade gold trends, and increasing the known mineralised position.

The drilling will then move to test One Weight Wonder where another 1,000m has been allocated.

Subject to the results of soil sampling at Amy Clarke and prioritisation of other regional targets in the Duketon Belt, drilling may continue beyond this initial commitment of 4,500m.


This article was developed in collaboration with Great Southern Mining, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.