Mt Norma Project

The Mt Norma project consists of 9 EPMs and 11 mining leases, covering a total area of 144sqkm 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 6tpd currently placed under care and maintenance in Mt Norma.

Mt Norma copper project tenement location

Mt Norma copper sulphate leaching plant

Heap leach 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% Cu and 32.9 g/t Ag from 76m in Hole MN_08_008RC, including 8m @ 9.10% Cu and 58.8g/t Ag from 84m in Mt Norma, and
  • 20m @ 1.16% Cu and 0.29g/t Au from 54m in Hole ES_08_024RC in Evening Star

Mt Norma aerial view looking southwest