About Us

AuStar Gold Limited (ASX:AUL) is an exciting gold exploration, mining and production company with a portfolio of historical, near term development and current assets based around the Morning Star Gold mine located approximately 120 km east of Melbourne in the Walhalla to Woods Point gold field.

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The company is focused on the mining and production of its flagship Morning Star gold mine that has historically produced over 830k oz of gold.  AuStar owns and operates its own milling plant on-site at the Morning Star mine in Woods Point, Victoria. Additionally, AuStar has 670 km2 of exploration tenements covering the Walhalla to Woods Point dyke swarm with historic high-grade production totalling in excess of 6 million ounces of gold.

AuStar Gold’s capability to “turn around” assets are based on combining its considerable operational expertise with innovative mining approaches. In many instances, these innovations will involve utilisation of traditional mining methods for high-grade deposits as well as modern technology and process upgrades.

Vision: To become the next mid-tier gold producer in Australia

AuStar Gold is led by a team of highly qualified and experienced mining professionals, with a demonstrated ability to identify and capitalise on opportunities and a clear strategy to deliver growth.


Our Team

AuStar Gold has assembled a team of high calibre experts experienced in and focused exclusively on the delivery of the historic gold projects in the portfolio. From geology to surface and underground mining through to gold processing and marketing, AuStar’s project team has extensive operational and corporate management experience.


The Company’s highly prospective portfolio of goldmines is now being mined, with expert underground miners and geologists making great progress in unlocking the value of the Company’s assets.

Directors & Management


Mr McNally has more than 30 years experience in business strategy and management encompassing every facet of establishing private companies, business development, fiscal control, people leadership and corporate growth through to mergers and joint ventures with both private and publicly listed entities.


He has served on the Board of a number of industry associations and has been a business advisor and mentor to numerous small to medium-sized businesses for more than 10 years.



Lord Wellesley is a highly experienced banking and capital markets executive with the board and not-for-profit expertise, comprising three decades of senior roles within tier-one institutions in London and Hong Kong, working with clients in the resources, energy and funds management sectors.


In addition, Christopher has An extensive network of senior, key relationships across the UK capital markets as well as demonstrated capital raising, corporate and financial markets expertise and a deep commitment and involvement in a range of private philanthropic activities.


Mr Gareth Lewis is a professional Engineer and Project Manager with over 30 years of experience in large scale commercial and government projects. Gareth holds Engineering, M.EngSc and MBA degrees, and is a member of both Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia.


He has worked in delivering major projects at a senior management level in the UK, Europe and the United States and is a longstanding, significant shareholder of AuStar Gold.



Ms Toni Griffith, FCPA, GAICD has been appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary. Toni is a senior gold sector executive with significant experience leading the financial function within mining and exploration companies in Australia. Toni has a track record of success with over 30 years of commercial, financial management and corporate governance experience in senior and executive appointments.


More recently appointments included the role of General Manager – Finance of Crocodile Gold to 2011 and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Castlemaine Goldfields to 2017.


Lionel is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry predominantly in underground metalliferous mining including both bulk and narrow vein mining methods in large and narrow complex orebodies.


Lionel has previously held positions of General Manager, Mining Manager, Underground Manager, Mining Project Manager and Principal Mining Consultant for companies including CBH Resources, Conquest Mining, Evolution Mining, Pybar Mining Services and Mining Plus. 


Lionel’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He has held statutory positions in several states holding competencies in WA and QLD as a First Class Mine Manager, NSW Mining Engineering Manager and South Australian Mine Manager.


Jason holds a MSc (Ore Deposit Geology - Dissertation: Fold-Nappe Kinematics of Plutonic Gold Mine) from the University of Western Australia, a BSc (Earth and Geological Sciences) from La Trobe University, Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.


He has strongly focused on mine development geology, resource definition and project generation from green fields to near mine exploration. Previous roles include Barrick Gold, Fortescue Metals, Metals X - Bluestone Tin Mines Tasmania, Catalyst Metals and Currawong (Fortescue Exploration).

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Corporate Directory


Bridge Street
Woods Point VIC 3723, Australia
P: (03) 5777 8268
E: info@austargold.com


Hall Chadwick
GPO Box 3555
Sydney NSW 2001


Automic Group
GPO Box 5193
Sydney NSW 2001, Australia
P: (02) 9698 5414

E: hello@automicgroup.com.au

Corporate Governance

Mantle Mining Corporation Ltd ACN 107 180 441 changed its name to Austar Gold Ltd, in December 2017.