ECR Minerals plc (ECR.L) Initial drilling Results from Cherry Tree, Bailieston Gold Project, Victoria, Australia

Initial Results from the First Ever Drilling Campaign at Cherry Tree (HR4) Identify Anticlinal Hinge Anomaly

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce initial results from its first drilling campaign at Cherry Tree (“Historic reserve number 4”, “HR4”, “Cherry Tree”) at the Bailieston Project in central Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of Bailieston Project which is operated under its Australian owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc, commented:

“Following the purchase of our second drilling rig, ECR’s strong funding position and growing local infrastructure ensures the Company can continue to maintain a series of aggressive drilling campaigns across the Victoria Goldfields. We have also made a small bit of history; ECR’s Australian subsidiary MGA completed the first ever diamond drillhole at Cherry Tree (HR4) and I am delighted to report a highly significant early result there from hole BCTDD003, both in terms of the geological setting and the gold mineralisation identified.”

“As the data continues to arrive, our senior geologists are working hard to ascertain structural geological interpretations. It is widely accepted that culminations in folded strata cut by shears and faults are favoured locations for deposition of fold-hinged gold deposits, and with the cross-striking faults at this anticline filled with quartz-gold-bearing fluids in Holes BCTDD001, BCTDD002 and BCTDD003, there is encouraging early evidence. We are keen to see what the next raft of data will reveal so we can determine our next exploration steps.”


  • Hole BCTDD001, the first-ever diamond drilling work undertaken at HR4 has delineated an anticlinal hinge striking through the centre of the goldfields.
  • Holes BCTDD002 and BCTDD003 were drilled to define cross striking faults. Drilling continues using orientated diamond drill-core for structural geological interpretation
  • Hole BCTDD003 shows broad zones of low-grade gold mineralisation, often associated with anomalously high Arsenic (pXRF readings). The best intercept includes 0.5m @ 11.02 g/t Au from 98.85m depth.


Hole BCTDD001, the first ever diamond drillhole completed at HR4 has delineated an anticlinal hinge striking through the centre of the goldfield. This anticline forms the geological backbone of mineralisation at Cherry Tree where cross-striking faults to this anticline have filled with quartz-gold-bearing fluids. Holes BCTDD002 and BCTDD003 were drilled to define such cross striking faults.

MGA continues to drill orientated diamond core to gain structural geological information, and recently drilled holes BCTDD004 and BCTDD005 were designed to test the interpreted position of multiple cross-striking faults. Geological logging of BCTDD004 and BCTDD005 is currently in progress.

Hole BCTDD003 shows broad zones of low-grade mineralisation, often associated with high Arsenic (pXRF readings). The best intercept includes 0.5m @ 11.02 g/t Au from 98.85m depth.


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This announcement has been reviewed by Adam Jones, a director of ECR Minerals plc. Adam Jones is a professional geologist and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG). He is a qualified person as that term is defined by the AIM Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies.


The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

ECR Minerals plc

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010

David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman

Craig Brown, Director & CEO

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