Centius has gold plans for Dittmer

THE Whitsunday town of Dittmer could once again be a thriving gold mining centre, if an acquisition by Australian mineral exploration company Centius Gold is successful.

Centius Gold's Managing Director John Slade said the company had purchased a mineral exploration permit and a firm called "Loch Neigh Gold" at Dittmer, for a combined price of $600,000, subject to due diligence.

"We were hoping it would be done as of about now, but there was a delay in getting samples from a lab in Townsville," he said. Mr Slade said Centius Gold's interest in Dittmer was based on its past history.

"Historically it was a very high grade small tonnage deposit," he said.

"[Ideally] we would like to design a mine that would process nearly 50,000 tonnes a year [but] finding 50,000 tonnes there is the challenge."

Gold, silver and copper, were all mined at Dittmer in its "glory days" of the past.


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