John Prineas, executive chairman, commented:
"Our project is near recent major discoveries like Tropicana and Gruyere but is under-explored by comparison.
"Early results along the Minigwal belt are very encouraging.
"The extensive gold and copper anomalism intersected by drilling suggests the presence of a major gold system with potential for large gold deposits.
"Our next round of drill targets is designed to provide an exploration breakthrough with the potential to establish East Laverton as a significant gold project."
The first ever gold-focused drilling by St George at Athena will be included as part of the upcoming program.
Gold deposits in the eastern Yilgarn Craton are structurally controlled, so the identification of prominent structural features is a key to successful exploration targeting.
Athena gold target
The Minigwal Fault is recognised as a major and deep penetrating regional fault. The Minigwal greenstone belt has formed in the hanging wall of this fault and has been mapped by the gravity survey completed by St George in August 2015.
St George said that the greenstone belt is a favourable setting for gold mineralisation as it is situated on the north-south orientated (rift-axial) margin of a region-scale gravity anomaly.
The high priority Ascalon gold target is focused on the intersection of this same gravity gradient and the NE-SW trending Southern lineament.
The Athena gold target occupies a similar setting in the lesser explored northern section of the Minigwal belt, where it is intersected by the NE-SW Churchill lineament.
The Churchill lineament is an early-stage structure which is interpreted as being an important control on nickel sulphide mineralisation at East Laverton.
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