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Mining & Exploration

Exploration Clearing


Our fleet of environmentally-friendly front-end loaders and backhoes are proven performers in clearing grid lines and preparing pads and sumps for RC, Diamond and RAB rigs. The ability to mobilise in-house allows access from Kalgoorlie to remote areas on schedule and at a manageable cost. Operators are particularly aware of the responsibilities to special needs areas (eg endangered flora) and follow the Ground Masters minimum clearance policy and government guidelines.

Site Rehabilitation


Part of the service on offer is the rehabilitation of sites - both current and historic, following up on drilling activity by removing sample bags, filling in sumps and preparing ground for natural revegetation. Our purpose-built spring-loaded scarifiers are ideal for returning disturbed ground to a natural state, after which fallen and removed vegetation is returned to site whenever possible to create seed traps and assist with erosion prevention. Areas thus rehabbed have demonstrated excellent regeneration without any need for intervention or seeding. (For more information on scarifying see Environmental Services).

Ground Masters Volvo backhoe digging sump for drill site

Machinery & Plant Transport


Machinery and plant up to 16-tonne capacity with dimensions up to 8 metres x 2.5 metres can be reliably transported to any site, regional or remote.

Backhoes & Mini Excavator
Rock-breakers optional


Our extender boom side-shift equipped 4-wheel drive backhoes and our 5 tonne mini excavator have optional Rammer hydraulic rock-breakers available and offer versatility for all suburban or mine-site situations. We have a unique ability to self-mobilise a suitable machine for challenging, confined, or remote terrain conditions.

Remote minesites & camp setups


As specialists in remote location earthworks we are able to assist with a range of services relating to minesite and camp infrastructure. Of course we can do all earthworks associated with such remote sites including trenching, construction of access roads, parking areas, camp setups, delivery of materials and equipment including tanks etc. We can source and/or provide affiliated tradesmen such as electricians, plumbers etc who also are specialists in remote minesite or camp requirements. Our depth of experience in such circumstances is invaluable when planning a project and we undertake a range of tasks that you would not normally expect from an earthmoving company, so please enquire if you have a logistical problem that you need solved.

Major Mining Projects


  • Mincor Resources : A long standing client with ongoing projects who relies on us to provide regional support.


  • Cassini Resources : West Musgraves exploration clearing and rehabilitation.


  • Independence Group : Tropicana exploration clearing and rehabilitation.


  • BHP West Musgraves : Exploration clearing and sump preparation in sand and rock with followup rehabilitation.


  • Aura Energy : Exploration clearing and rehabilitation program at various remote sites.


  • BHP Nickel West : Seismic exploration program near Kambalda, WA of large scale with followup rehabilitation program.


  • Newcrest Mining : Pilbara exploration intermittently revisited.


  • Barrick Gold : We are Barrick’s main provider in the scope of mining exploration services.

Ground Masters Kawasaki Loader clearing tracks for mining exploration
Ground Masters Volvo backhoe and Kawasaki Loaders resting between mining and exploration earthworks