Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory
The Tiwi Islands (consisting of the Melville and Bathurst Islands) are located approximately 50kms north of Darwin, a 25-minute air flight from the mainland.
MZI Resources, under the previous owner Matilda Minerals, has been present on the Tiwi Islands since 2006 Mineral sand from the Tiwi deposits is high in zircon and rutile.
MZI’s first operation on the Tiwi Islands commenced in 2009 at Lethbridge West, located on Melville Island. It was a small deposit which produced 11,500 tonnes of concentrate from 134,500 tonnes of mined ore over a 4-month period. Mining ceased in 2010 and the site was rehabilitated back to its pre-mined condition.
In 2010, MZI commenced the Lethbridge South deposit on Melville Island, located 4kms south-east of Lethbridge West. MZI completed mining at Lethbridge South in January 2013. Rehabilitation of the mine site is well advanced.
Following drilling carried out in early 2011, MZI identified a large Inferred Resource of 56.2 million tonnes at Kilimiraka in the south-west of Bathurst Island. The resource is located in four large dunal systems located behind the current shoreline.
MZI is currently planning further exploration activities at Kilimiraka to further define the resource.
Aerial Photo - Kilimiraka