Community Notification


Exploration Drilling Program – Robbins Hill October Update

This is an update on the current and proposed exploration activities in the vicinity of your property. These activities are the continuation of the Robbins Hill exploration program, with the most recent correspondence sent on 14 July 2023. FGM will continue to operate one surface drill rig for the remainder of 2023. Please find the map below that outlines both the current exploration drill site and future exploration drill sites.

Diamond drilling utilises a hollow drill bit impregnated by diamonds to produce a ‘stick’ of core that preserves details of geology, ground conditions and mineralogy. The diamond drill rig will be operated by two to three personnel, with occasional visitors, as required. Access to all drill sites will be via internal site roads, with access via public roads only if required. Expected time frames for the exploration drilling are outlined below, however, this will be subject to minor variations depending on ground conditions and operational requirements.

Current Exploration Drilling

Site K – Exploration diamond drilling within custom built acoustic shed until late October 2023.

Future Exploration Drilling

Site A – Exploration diamond drilling within custom built acoustic shed. Commencing late October / early November 2023.
Site B – Exploration diamond drilling within custom built acoustic shed. Commencing late December / early January 2024.

For all future exploration drill sites, drilling will commence during daytime (7:00am-6:00pm) operating hours, with the intent to extend to continuous drilling (24/7) subject to noise monitoring results and community feedback. Day shift operating hours are 7:00am to 6:30pm and nightshift extends from 7:00pm to 6:30am.

During start up and throughout the drilling program, FGM personnel will conduct periodic noise monitoring at the site and closest receptors to ensure compliance with regulatory noise limits is maintained. Noise monitoring will be conducted during daytime (7:00am-6:00pm), evening (6:00pm-10:00pm) and nighttime (10:00pm-7:00am) periods. Noise monitoring will involve an appropriately trained FGM representative (or contractor) accessing nearby receptors for a period (15-30 minutes) to record noise levels using a calibrated sound meter. If you would like noise monitoring to be undertaken at your property please contact a member of the FGM Community Team to have this arranged (see contact details below).

Upon completion, the drill holes will be grouted to 1 m below surface and then backfilled with native soil/material from the site. The drill pad area and any vehicle access tracks will be rehabilitated to return the site to its initial condition. Additional information regarding the abandonment of mineral drillholes can be found on the Earth Resources website.

FGM aims to minimise any adverse impacts from our operations and exploration activities on nearby residents.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above information, please contact FGM’s Community Team on 03 5439 9000 or email