Project: Linton

About the Project

Linton is an historic goldfield southwest of Ballarat in western Victoria.  Gold was mined from quartz reefs, alluvial gullies and deeply buried river gravels beneath basaltic lava flows.

Application for EL006408 was submitted by Martin Blakeman in late 2016 to explore for gold southwest of Linton. Rodney Boucher (Linex Pty Ltd) is the project geologist and Fiona Makin (MakinITezy) is the Community Liason Officer.

The Exploration Team


Rodney Boucher (Linex Pty Ltd)
Project geologist

Rodney Boucher has a First Class Honours and PhD in structural geology and tectonics and over 20 years of exploration experience. After starting out in the petroleum industry with the South Australian government, he established Linex Pty Ltd in 1997 focusing on gold exploration in central Victoria.

Linex have consulted extensively for gold at North Ballarat, Bendigo, Ballarat East, Fosterville, St Arnaud, Lockington and across northeastern Victoria and the Northern Territory. Linex has consulted for exploration for Cu-Au, base metals and IOCGU exploration in all states in addition to assisting in the first geothermal exploration in the country.

Rodney is an Honorary Associate and lectured part time at La Trobe University Bendigo, from 1997 to 2010 in Structural Geology, Geophysics, Sedimentology, Introductory Geology and Project Management. Rodney has run short courses on geotourism and assists annually with the Geology of Gold field trip at Victoria Hill in Bendigo.

He is a current state AIG Vice-Chair and a former Chair and Treasurer. He is a past state treasurer and secretary of PESA.



Fiona Makin (MakinITEzy)
Community Liaison Officer

Fiona completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) in 1996 and a Graduate Diploma in Computing in 1999. Whilst completing the computing diploma, she commenced working with Perseverance Corporation at Fosterville, Victoria as a computer geologist working on database management, creating maps using MapInfo and 3d modelling.

Fiona has focused the majority of her geology career on work relating to regulatory compliance and community engagement, she has worked for many clients throughout Victoria in both these capacities. She has been the webmaster for the national industry body for earth scientists, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, for over 7 years and has been an active member on the Victorian state branch throughout that time. She is also the editor of their national quarterly publication AIG News.

Fiona has also developed a diverse career in IT, website development and print. She has been the editor of another national publication for several years, Town & Country Farmer magazine, and her business still produces all artwork for the publication and is responsible for their online presence – a relationship that has lasted for over 7 years and has kept her very close to her roots of a farming background in Victoria. Fiona wrote two articles for Town & Country Farmer Magazine with respect to Exploration in Victoria and landholder rights, to view the articles please click on the following: Article 1 – June 2012   …    Article 2 – August 2012


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