Community Open Day – Thank You

Bowdens Silver would like to thank all community members who attended our Open Day on Saturday 15th of June. Approximately one hundred people took the time to visit us on the day to learn more about the Project. Attendees had the chance to hear from the company and also meet and ask questions to a range of independent experts who are providing information for the Environmental Impact Statement.

We would also like to thank the Rylstone Kandos Volunteer Rescue Association who manned the BBQ on the day.

Also, a big congratulations goes to Brenton Franks who guessed the closest to the correct grade of silver for the drill core sample that was on display. For his troubles, he took home a 1kg silver ingot that was up for grabs. Well done!

Bowdens Silver Community Consultative Committee – Nominations Open for Community Representative

Bowdens Silver Pty Limited (Bowdens Silver, the company) is seeking nominations for the role of local community representative to fill a vacant position on the Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the Bowdens Silver Project.

Located in the Mid-Western Regional Council local government area, the Bowdens Silver Project is a State Significant Development currently progressing through development application processes. The Bowdens Silver Project CCC is conducted in accordance with Department of Planning and Environment guidelines.

The purpose of the Bowdens Silver Project CCC is to provide a forum for constructive open dialogue between the company, the community and stakeholders on subjects directly relating to the project. The CCC provides an opportunity for Bowdens Silver and community and stakeholder representatives to maintain good working relationships, and to assist with the delivery of balanced social, environmental and economic outcomes.

The selection criteria for local community representatives include:

  • Being a current resident or landowner within the affected local government area;
  • Demonstrated involvement in local community groups and/or activities;
  • Having knowledge and awareness of the Project and related issues of concern to the local community;
  • Ability to represent and communicate the interests of the affected local community; and
  • A willingness to adhere to the CCC Code of Conduct.

All CCC members are expected to contribute constructively to committee discussions, attend quarterly meetings and have the capacity to act as a conduit for information about the Bowdens Silver Project between the CCC and the broader community. The role of committee members is voluntary.

Further information for the Community Consultative Committee including guidelines, can be found at

Persons from within the community seeking to be appointed to the CCC are invited to submit a nomination in writing.

A nomination form may be downloaded from the following link Nomination Form – Community Representatives or obtained from the Independent Chairperson with contact details as below.

Nominations must be lodged by Tuesday 25 June 2019, and sent to the CCC’s Independent Chairperson:


Attention: Darryl Watkins

Independent Chairperson

Bowdens Silver Project Community Consultative Committee


If you have any further queries regarding the Community Consultative Committee or the application process, please call the Bowdens Silver community information line on 1800 931 036 during standard business hours.

Bowdens Silver Project – EPBC Act Referral Decision

Bowdens Silver recently referred our proposed development to the Department of Environment and Energy for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

As expected for this type of development, the Department has communicated that the proposed action is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.

Information regarding the decision can be found via the link below.

EPBC Act Referral Decision Notices

Bowdens Silver Project – EPBC Act Referral

Bowdens Silver in conjunction with our specialist consultants have recently referred our proposal for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Information about this proposed action has been published on the Department of Environment and Energy’s website for public consultation.

To view information relating to this referral please click on the following link: (please note you may need to filter to NSW projects).

Announcement of Maiden Ore Reserve for Bowdens Silver

A major milestone for the Bowdens Silver Project was met yesterday with the announcement of its Maiden Ore Reserve for the Bowdens Silver deposit. The maiden Ore Reserve supports Bowdens’ 16-year mine life, detailed in the soon to be completed Feasibility Study.


Highlights Include

  • Maiden Ore Reserve (Proved and Probable) totals 29.9 million tonnes at 69.0 g/t silver, 0.44% zinc and 0.32% lead.
  • Ore Reserve contains 66.32 million ounces of silver with 130.8 kilotonnes of zinc and 95.3 kilotonnes of lead.
  • 95.7% of Ore Reserve tonnes in Proved category.
  • Ore Reserve supports the soon to be released Feasibility Study showing Bowdens as suitably robust in an accretive silver market environment.
  • Bowdens confirmed as the largest, undeveloped silver reserve in Australia.


Bowdens Silver Deposit Ore Reserve

Reserve Category


Reserve Grades

Contained Metal
    Silver Zinc Lead Silver Metal Zinc




(g/t) (%) (%) Moz (kt)




69.75 0.44 0.32 64.05 125.11




53.15 0.43 0.29 2.27 5.74




69.01 0.44 0.32 66.32 130.84


Calculations have been rounded to the nearest 100,000 t, 0.1 g/t silver and 0.01% zinc and lead grades respectively. The Ore Reserve is reported by economic cut-off grade with appropriate consideration of modifying factors including costs, geotechnical considerations, mining and process recoveries and metal pricing


In addition to the impending announcement of the results from the Bowdens Silver Project Feasibility Study, planning is advanced and drilling commenced in a significant extensional and regional exploration program at Bowdens. The initial focus will be to drill test high grade resource extensions plunging to the north-west and south-west of the Bowdens Resource.

Upcoming Drilling Activities

Drilling activities are due to recommence on-site during the second week of May.

This drilling program will focus on areas to the north west of the proposed open pit and known mineral resource. Of particular focus will be the follow up to the recent significant discovery of geological areas of interest beneath the Bowdens Silver deposit.

The program will consist of a combination of diamond and reverse circulation drilling and hours of operation will be the same as previous programs.

Sterilisation Drilling – Waste Rock Emplacement & Tailings Storage Facility

In recent weeks, exploration drilling activities have recommenced on site in and around the proposed open pit area. This activity is drilling deeper than previous programs in order to further define the extent of the mineral resource.

Further to the above, as part of our draft mine infrastructure planning we will also be conducting a sterilisation drilling program (drilling to prove there is no mineralisation underneath) in order for us to plan where we locate future mining infrastructure. In particular, this program is testing the areas planned to house waste rock emplacements in Price Gully (east of Maloneys Road and north of Pyangle Road) and also the tailings storage facility (north east of Bara-Lue Road). Drilling techniques will be a combination of diamond and reverse circulation drilling.

It is expected that these activities will commence in the third week of November 2017 and will be conducted over a period of approximately 2 months. Exploration drilling will continue to operate after this time.