The OzGold 2019 International Study Tour was designed to visit a selection of the most important gold deposits from Archaean to Phanerozoic in age, representing the range of gold mineralisation styles across Australia.
This tour was run as a pre-conference field trip to the major NewGenGold 2019 Conference in Perth, Western Australia on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November, 2019. Participants had to register separately for the conference via the conference web site.click here. -->
Participants could only register for the OzGold 2019 International Study Tour through Porter GeoConsultancy. They could complete the Registration of Interest Form to receive an e-mail a link to the Tour Brochure and Registration Form. By completing the latter and returning it to Porter GeoConsultancy they could secure a place on the tour.
Those commencing at the beginning of tour assembled in Sydney Domestic Airport, in New South Wales Australia on the afternoon of Sunday 3 November, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) prior to the start of the tour. The Tour technical program ended in Perth, Western Australia, on the afternoon of Monday 11 November, 2019.
Tour participants had the option of taking either the full 7 days of the tour -or- any one or more days up to the full tour, as suited their budget, availability and interest.
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 included Parkes or Sydney in NSW, Melbourne or Bendigo in Victoria, and Perth, Kalgoorlie or Newman in Western Australia, or other locations en route, by arrangement.
During the tour, PGC arranged all surface travel and booked all scheduled airline and charter 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 specified start point and from the nominated end point.
Closing date - Registrations for OzGold 2019 closed at COB on Friday 4th October, 2019, although late registrations were considered up to 15 October if places remained and later in special circumstances.
Mine/project visits - what is involved ? - each mine/operation was asked to provide a geological briefing on the deposit to be visited, covering its regional to local setting, geology, structure, alteration and mineralisation, but also the opportunity to study the alteration, ore, hosts, structure and country rocks, both in the mine (or exposure if not yet in operation) but particularly in drill core, as appropriate and practical. In some cases, host company safety policy may not allow an 'in pit' or underground visit, but instead a geological overview from the pit lookout, but this is usually compensated by a thorough inspection of core from a representative selection of drill holes through the deposit. The content and emphasis of the visit and degree of access is at the discretion of the host company.
Tour Fees included the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left, as well as other costs associated with the tour, including development, organisation, escorting the tour, professional fees and costs for expert consultants, workshop venues, audio-visual equipment, mine visits, background literature, introductory dinners, etc. These fees did NOT include scheduled and charter air fares, accommodation and meals, as detailed below.
Air Fares for scheduled airline flights and air charter flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour were additional to the tour fee.
Note: The scheduled airline fares charged by PGC are estimated at the time of budgeting, with allowance for fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations and fare variations by the time of flying. Where the final fare paid by PGC is less than the estimated amount charged, the difference was refunded at the end of the tour. Conversely, if the actual fares are higher than those charged, the difference was to be invoiced after the tour.
Fares listed on the registration form and invoiced are based on a flexible, partly or fully refundable economy fare for reservations that may be cancelled should participants withdraw after the booking is made, or parts of the tour do not proceed through lack of interest, or late cancellation by mines. These fares however, almost always included some cancellation fee imposed by the airlines. If discounted airfares were available when the tour is confirmed and PGC tickets the travel, these may be purchased and the difference refunded to participants at the end of the tour.
Accommodation - All accommodation reservations for each participant between the start and end dates of their tour was made by PGC. However, all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC , and were additional to the tour fees and air fares.
Meals - Participants were also responsible for paying for their own meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and personal incidentals on tour.
Payment - Tour Fees and Air Fares had to be paid to PGC at the same time, and by the due date specified on the invoice (which was usually 14 days after the date of the confirmation letter if within 2 months of tour commencement - but may be longer for early registrations), but no later than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration (if places still remained), fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
Language - The official language of the tour is English.
Safety equipment and apparel (PPE) - Please note that each participant was required to bring and wear their own hi-vis shirts or jackets (or reflective hi-vis vest), steel toe capped safety boots and safety glasses. Participants were also advised to wear long trousers (NO skirts), and long-sleeved shirts with collars to gain access to some mines sites. Use of sun screen was strongly advised. When not wearing the hard hats provided by the mines, it was recommended participants wear a hat with a brim to protect their face, ears and neck against sun damage (preferably NOT a baseball cap). Temperatures will peak at from high twenties to low thirties in eastern Australia to possibly low forties degrees celcius in Western Australia with a high UV index.
Tour notes - As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers cover 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.
Final itinerary - Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were forwarded a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they need to bring were their field gear, PPE, personal affects, and credit card/ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Presentations - One of the requirements of the tour is that each participant should prepare a 30 to 40 minutes duration presentation, illustrated by PowerPoint, on a topic with which he/she is conversant, such as an ore deposit, a mineral province or exploration case history, and is relevant to the main theme of the tour, i.e., gold deposits. Participants should also be prepared to answer questions and discuss their presentation. The purpose of the presentation is that in order to get the most from the tour, the tour group must be willing to exchange information with their hosts, either as part of a mine visit or at professional association meetings after hours. If more than one representative of the same division/company is on the tour at any one time, only one presentation is required from that company during that period, as long as there is a participant of the company able to give a presentation at any time that company is represented on the tour.
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