Permit granted to unlock critical minerals and jobs at historic Far North Queensland mine site

Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals The Honourable Scott Stewart
  • EQ Resources has been granted an Exploration Permit for Minerals (EPM) to unlock Wolfram Camp’s critical mineral potential.
  • The permit supports the re-commercialisation of the historic Wolfram Camp site, aiming to boost local employment.
  • Tungsten, a critical mineral essential for renewable technologies, is the primary focus of the exploration.

One of Australia’s leading tungsten producers has been granted a permit to begin extensive on-ground exploration over a 480 square kilometre area in Far North Queensland.

The EPM approval allows EQ Resources to begin drilling, geological mapping, and soil and rock sampling aimed at unlocking tungsten resources at the site, which includes the former Wolfram Camp and Bamford Hill mines.

This marks the next step in the re-commercialisation of this historic site, furthering Queensland’s commitment to sustainable mining, economic growth and more jobs.

Wolfram Camp is named after wolframite – an important primary ore of tungsten which miners have been extracting from the site since the 19th century.

With the highest melting point and tensile strength of all pure metals, tungsten is essential in various battery technologies and energy storage systems. Its unique properties make it irreplaceable in applications like solar cells, wind turbine blades, microelectronics, tools, construction, defence, and medical technologies.

Global demand for critical minerals like tungsten will continue to increase as more countries work towards a net zero future.

Re-commercialisation of former mines is a key component of the Miles Government’s Queensland Critical Minerals Strategy as well as the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan.

As stated by the Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart:

“The approval of this exploration permit is a crucial step in our mission to transform Queensland’s former mines into productive, job creating assets,” he said.

“EQ Resources has a proven track record in revitalising former mines.

“Revitalising Wolfram Camp will not only provide significant economic benefits but also ensures a steady supply of tungsten, critical for renewable energy technologies.

“This will not only create more good jobs for the region but helps us meet the challenge of leading the world towards a decarbonised future.”

As stated by EQ Resources CEO Kevin MacNeill:

“At EQ Resources, we understand the importance of responsible and sustainable mining practices. As we did with the Mt Carbine Mine, we are committed to engaging closely with all local communities around Wolfram Camp to create shared prosperity and opportunities.

“This includes generating new employment avenues, contributing to the local economy, and promoting responsible environmental stewardship in alignment with EQR’s core values.

“Having successfully navigated the permitting process, we are excited to get boots on the ground.

“Our team of experienced professionals will apply modern exploration techniques and state-of-the-art technologies to maximise Wolfram Camp and the surrounding site’s potential while minimising its environmental footprint.”

Additional Information

The Wolfram Camp mine was abandoned in late 2018 and has since been a part of the Queensland Government’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program.

Information Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan can be found here.

Information on Queensland’s Critical Mineral Strategy can be found here

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