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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
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Contents >> Mining >> Exploration >> Strategic Prospectivity Zones

Strategic Prospectivity Zones (SPZs) are recognised regions of high prospectivity for mineral discovery. SPZs were established under 1993 legislation enacted to provide resource security for the minerals industry. Under this legislation, the status of significant parcels of Crown land within SPZs cannot be changed to a tenure excluding mineral exploration and mining without the approval of both Houses of State Parliament.

Map of Tasmania's Strategic Prospectivity Zones.
Source: Mineral Resources Tasmania, Annual Review 2003-2004

Strategic Prospectivity Zones (SPZ) cover 25,200 square km, or 37% of Tasmania. The areas in each SPZ occupied by mining tenements at the end of June 2004 are shown below.

STRATEGIC PROSPECTIVITY ZONES, Tasmania - 30 JUNE 2004

Metallic
Non-metallic
Area
Occupied
Area
Occupied
SPZ
km2
%
km2
%

Adamsfield
69.7
94.6
-
-
Arthur
566.1
51.1
310.3
28.0
Balfour
550.0
14.2
475.1
12.1
Beaconsfield
26.7
100.0
-
-
Cape Sorell
364.0
26.3
-
-
Mount Read
1,909.8
26.6
107.6
1.5
North East
3,393.0
35.0
320.5
3.3
Zeehan/Waratah
1,000.7
54.6
137.3
7.5

- nil or rounded to zero
Source: Mineral Resources Tasmania, Annual Review 2003-2004.


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