Kalamazoo Resources adds well-credentialed geologists to Ashburton development team

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Kalamazoo Resources ASX KZR Ashburton Gold Project exploration team

Matthew Rolfe and Margaret Hawke join the WA gold project as senior exploration geologists.


Kalamazoo Resources (ASX: KZR) has secured what it calls a “top-flight” team to manage its recently acquired Ashburton gold project in Western Australia.

Two well credentialed senior exploration geologists are joining the company’s project group, teaming up with Ashburton project manager Paul Adams.

In June, Kalamazoo snapped up the Ashburton gold project on the edge of Pilbara Craton as Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST) shed what it had classified as a non-Tier 1 asset.

The 217sq km project currently holds a JORC resource estimate of 20.8 million tonnes at 2.5 grams per tonne of gold for a contained 1.65 million ounces. The project has already produced 350,000oz of gold.

At the time of the acquisition, Kalamazoo announced non-executive director Mr Adams would be the project manager at Ashburton.

Mr Adams was the managing director of the former Spectrum Metals, which was taken over in March by Ramelius Resources (ASX: RMS). Mr Adams was involved in the Penny Well gold discovery.

Now, he will have Matthew Rolfe and Margaret “Margy” Hawke on his team, both appointed as senior geologists.

New appointments bring WA wide expertise

Mr Rolfe comes to Kalamazoo from Northern Star Resources — where he was senior exploration geologist for the Pilbara region — bringing with him extensive experience with Archean and Proterozoic terrains.

“His deep understanding of the Ashburton gold project will be particularly beneficial to Kalamazoo and [he] will play an important part in expediting our exploration program,” the company said.

Dr Hawke, who holds a doctorate in economic geology from the University of Tasmania, was jointly credited with the 2009 discovery of the DeGrussa copper-gold deposit for Sandfire Resources (ASX: SFR). In 2010, she received the AMEC Prospector of the Year award.

Mr Adams said Kalamazoo was extremely fortunate to secure both people.

“Matt and Margy are both extremely experienced and will form the nucleus of our technical capacity at Ashburton as we move quickly to generate value from this significant gold system,” he added.

Mr Adams said the company now has significant technical and managerial capacity in both Victoria and WA.

Kalamazoo has previously said Ashburton holds significant regional greenfield and brownfield exploration potential, and comes with a large database of drilling, geological, geochemical and geophysical detail. There are numerous walk-up drilling targets.