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In September 2009 Navigator Resources completed the takeover of the Bronzewing Gold Project that includes the Cockburn – Mt McClure gold mine, an assay laboratory, mine offices, surface workshops, a 280 person accommodation village with recreational facilities, consumables and light vehicles, miscellaneous plant and equipment, access roads, water supply infrastructure, a fuel farm, power station, all weather airstrip, gold room and striping circuit, crushing circuit, a 3.5 MW SAG mill, a 2.3 million tonnes a year processing plant, 850,000 ounce gold resource and 1,000 square kilometre of mining tenements.

Cockburn – Mc Clure Mines purchased from Administrators of View Resources

The Bronzewing Gold Project was purchased from the Administrators overseeing the business affairs of the mines former owners View Resources Limited who had gone into administration in early 2008.

Mt Mc Clure Mine Began Production in 1991

Great Central Mines NL discovered the gold deposit at Bronzewing in 1992 and began producing gold from the mine in 1994. Gold had earlier been mined at Mt McClure in 1991 by Arimco Mining Pty Ltd who had previously operated under the name of Australian Resources Limited. Normandy Mining acquired Great Central Mines in 1998 who acquired the Mt McClure mine at the same time, although it had closed only a short time previously. The Bronzewing – Mt McClure operations were continued under the ownership of Normandy Mining until 2002 when Newmont Mining acquired the whole package. The ill fated company, View Resources acquired the operation in 2004 after it was announced the Bronzewing – Mt McClure mines had , up until that time, produced over three million ounces of gold for its various owners. View Resources began developing an open pit and underground mine that took in the Central/discovery, Cockburn, Success and Venus mines but under- performance of the underground venture, the low price of gold and the shortage of capital forced the closure of the project in early 2008.

Processing Plant Re-commissioned in 2010

The current owners of the Bronzewing Gold Project, that includes the Cockburn - Mt McClure gold mines, Navigator (Bronzewing) Pty Ltd, completed the purchase from the administrators in September 2009 and they re-commissioned the processing plant in April 2010. They poured their first gold on April 21, 2010 and announced an annual production of 100,000 ounces of gold.

Cockburn – Mt McClure Mines are Part of the Rich Yandal Greenstone Belt

The Cockburn – Mt McClure gold mine is located within the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, 83 kilometres from Leinster and 800 kilometres from Perth. It is situated within the Yandal Greenstone Belt, that, over the last 20 years, has produced around 10 million ounces of gold. The Bronzewing group itself having produced three million ounces of gold since 1992. Current mining focus is on the Cockburn open pit that Navigator opened for mining in 2011. it is the sole source of production going through the 2.5 million tonnes a year mill and the company has stated that the Cockburn pit is expected to the the mainstay of the groups operations for several foreseeable years. In 2012 the Cockburn Pit produced 67,000 ounces of gold.

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