01 Aug Tanami Trip
During the July Semester break, Maxwell Geoservices contracted myself and Alex Preston to Tanami Gold NL as Field Technicians. We left on the 30th of June for the Coyote Gold Mine in the Tanami Desert. We flew to Broome where we then got on a skippers flight to Halls Creek to be picked up by Joanna and Rose. There were many jobs that needed completing, so we settled into site quickly and got briefed ready to start the next day.
The primary job was the rehabilitation of the Air core and RC drill programs. The air core rehab had mostly been done, however we needed to take 1 year later progress photos. The surrounding flora had grown so quick that we could barely see the drill sites! We also needed to take 6 months after progress photos for the RC program. Both sites required removing PVC pipe collars and emptying of samples from the bags. This job took the bulk of our time. Once completed, we started to organise exploration and camping gear in a sea container to be transported to another project. This included repairing a caravan and getting the inbuilt office and kitchen appliances in working condition, ready for use.
Another day was spent cataloguing all the current drill core trays and identifying the core for each hole. This was split between the actual mine site and the old Coyote camp 8km down the road. One day, myself and the caretaker Graham needed to move some scrap metal so it could be trucked down to Perth, by the end of the day we had moved a total of 13.5 tonnes of metal! We were absolutely exhausted by the end. On our final day, we cleaned the vehicles and packed Joanna’s Troopy in preparation for the trip home as well as final clean-up of site and rooms.
Every time I go to Coyote, I gain invaluable experience in the field which cannot be found within the classroom. I’d like to say thanks to Maxwell Geoservices and Joanna for giving me the opportunity to go on these jobs. I would also like to thank the caretakers Rose and Graham for looking after us whilst we were onsite.
– Tom Pinkerton