Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) was founded in 2005 and, between March and May 2006, was granted three coal exploration licences (ELs) in the Gloucester Basin. The boundaries of these licence areas, EL6523, EL6524 and EL6563 as originally granted, are shown on the Figure below and applied until the time of the 2013 renewals of the licences. The current boundaries of each of EL6523, EL6524 and EL6563 are also shown.

These licence areas are distinct from neighbouring leases and mining operations associated with the Stratford Mining Complex and the Duralie Coal Mine, both of which are owned by Yancoal Australia Limited.

In 2008, GRL undertook limited exploration activities to supplement earlier work undertaken in the area by companies including BMI and Esso. In early 2010, the ownership and management of GRL changed and the new owners lodged applications to undertake further exploration drilling campaigns. 

LD Operations Pty Ltd was appointed as project manager for GRL’s exploration activities

Between 2010 and 2014, the new ownership undertook field exploration activities in three distinct areas - the southeast of EL6523, the Woods Road Area and the South West Area.

For more information on these exploration areas, please see Exploration.

Consistent with Government requirements, all exploration activity in the area was subject to prior rigorous scientific assessment and Government approval.

GRL remains in regular contact with the local community through the Gloucester Exploration Program Community Consultation Committee, as well as individual landowners in the region. For more information on the Committee, its Charter, membership and the minutes of the Committee’s meetings, please see Community.

For information about GRL’s proposed Rocky Hill Coal mine, near Gloucester, please visit

Company Ownership

GRL is wholly owned subsidiary of GRL Holdings Pty Ltd, a privately owned Australian registered company.