Dittmer project Qld

Ballymore confirms extension to ‘bonanza-grade’ mineralisation at historic Dittmer Gold Project, Queensland

Ballymore Resources (ASX:BMR) has received assay results from its Dittmer Gold Project, located near Proserpine in North Queensland, which confirmed the extension to ‘bonanza-grade’ mineralisation at the historic mine.

The company reports the stage two underground drilling program’s results found there is potential for this region to contain ‘significant’ additional ‘high-grade’ gold-copper mineralisation.

Planning is now underway for a follow-up resource and extension drilling program.

Commenting on the results, Ballymore Technical Director, David A-Izzeddin said: “These early drilling results are exceptional and have demonstrated the potential for this area to host significant additional high-grade gold-copper mineralisation.

“The Dittmer Mine was one of the highest-grade gold mines in Australia when operating”

The Dittmer Mine was one of the highest-grade gold mines in Australia when operating and it is now apparent that the original mine workings ceased in the 1950s due to the lode being faulted out.

Our discovery of the high-grade fault-displaced extension to this historic mine is an exciting outcome, confirming our original interpretation. These results represent a significant advancement for the project, providing confidence to move towards resource definition through further drilling.”

Ballymore reports that recent field work has confirmed the potential for the system to extend substantially beyond the historic Dittmer mine with an opportunity to extend along strike and into nearby target areas of similar vein-hosted mineralisation, as well as the potential for bulk breccia zones at the intersection of structures.

The Dittmer project has many of the ingredients of a larger Intrusive-Related Gold System (IRGS) with similarities to the Ravenswood gold mine.

The company notes that further work is planned to evaluate the broader regional potential.

Ballymore is the largest tenement holder in the area with four exploration permits covering an area of 488km-square as well as two granted mining leases.

Following the stage one drilling program in 2021, Ballymore interpreted a fault  displacement of the ‘high-grade’ Duffer lode and the current stage two program was designed to test this interpretation.

All three holes in the stage two program intersected quartz-chalcopyrite veining similar in style to ore mined in the historic, ‘high-grade’ Dittmer mine with significant gold +/- copper mineralisation logged.

Drill hole DTDD009 intersected significant quartz-chalcopyrite veining and reported 4.3m @ 29.02g/t Au, 11.1g/t Ag & 0.81% Cu from 118.4m, including 2.25m @ 54.9g/t Au, 20.6g/t Ag and 1.52% Cu from 118.4m and 0.5m @ 171.8g/t Au, 56.4g/t Ag and 5.28% Cu from 120.15m.

The Dittmer Mine (also known as Kelsey Creek) is historically the largest mining operation in the Proserpine region and exploited the Duffer Reef.

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