The OzGold 2011 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the most significant gold deposits in Australia, including the major examples of most of the different styles and ages across the continent, from 14 to 19 November, 2011 inclusive.
This was a technical tour to precede the major NewGenGold 2011 Conference held in Perth, Western Australia from the evening of 21 to 23 November, 2011.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 2 or more days up to the full tour, as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Sydney domestic airport terminal 2, in New South Wales, by 15:00 pm in the mid-afternoon of Sunday 13 November, to connect with a scheduled flight, the E-ticket for which was provided by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The Tour technical program ended in Perth, Western Australia, on the morning of Sunday 20 November, 2011.
For those who took less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of registration. Alternate start and/or end points include Sydney, Parkes, Orange, Perth and Kalgoorlie.
During the tour, PGC arranged all surface travel and air charter, and booked all scheduled airline flights, i.e., between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
Before and after the tour, each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point, and from the end point.
Because of the distances and locations involved, all of the internal air travel in Western Australia was by air charter.
The Tour Fees included the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left, as well as all other costs associated with the tour, including development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for both scheduled airline and charter flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour were an additional charge.
The Tour Fees and Air Fares had to be paid to PGC within one month of official confirmation of registration on the tour, but no later than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration, fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant. Air fares were paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
The scheduled airline fares charged by PGC were estimated at the time of budgeting, with allowance for fuel surcharges and fare variations by the time of flying. Where the final fares paid by PGC were less than the estimated amount charged, the difference were refunded at the end of the tour.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC for each participant between the start and end dates/times of their tour. However, all accommodation costs were to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed to bring was their field gear (including steel toe cap safety boots), personal affects, and credit card/ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
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T M (Mike) Porter, of Porter GeoConsultancy
This tour was designed, developed, organised, managed and escorted by
T M (Mike) Porter of Porter GeoConsultancy Pty Ltd.
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