Heron Appoints Key Woodlawn Personnel

Sydney, Australia, Oct. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Heron Resources Limited (ASX:HRR TSX:HER, “Heron” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce two appointments into senior management roles at its wholly-owned Woodlawn Project, located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The newly created positions of Woodlawn General Manager and Woodlawn Process Manager are both key roles and further strengthen the owner’s team as the project financing process is completed and preparations are made for project construction.

Commenting on these appointments, Heron Resources Managing Director and CEO, Mr Wayne Taylor, said:

“We have taken the opportunity to make these early appointments to augment in-house capacity as we progress into finalisation of process-plant and site design. These additions to the owner’s team ensures we are sufficiently staffed to establish on-site ownership at a critical time in the development of Woodlawn. We are pleased to have attracted two very experienced individuals into these roles, and look forward to their input as we gear-up for construction. Both Brian and Des bring extensive base metals experience. In particular, Brian’s personal knowledge of Woodlawn, and of the metallurgically challenging McArthur River mine, will be invaluable.”

Woodlawn General Manager – Brian Hearne

Mr Brian Hearne has accepted the role of Woodlawn General Manager. A qualified mining professional, with specialisation in process metallurgy, he has extensive base-metals experience in roles ranging from plant operator through to senior executive roles within a top tier mining house.

Mr Hearne previously had a 16-year tenure at Woodlawn, starting in 1978, with a further 2 years at the metallurgically comparable Benambra Mine in Victoria. He then joined MIM at McArthur River (MRM) as the Metallurgical Manager, and following a number of General Manager roles within MIM / Xstrata was appointed COO of Xstrata Zinc Australia.

The extensive knowledge Mr. Hearne gained at Woodlawn, along with his experience at MRM, one of the most challenging base metal operations in Australia, brings to Heron a unique skill-set ideally matched to the Company’s requirements as Woodlawn is brought into production.

Woodlawn Process Manager – Des O’Sullivan

Mr Des O’Sullivan has accepted the role of Woodlawn Process Manager. He is a qualified process metallurgist with over 30-years’ experience across base-metals operations, plant construction and project commissioning. Mr O’Sullivan’s experience includes working at CSA Mine, Woodcutters, Golden Grove, Olympic Dam, Cawse and Gove Alumina Refinery. More recent experience in construction and commissioning has been with Origin Energy on the Eurombah Creek Gas Processing facilities. Significant additional construction and commissioning experience was gained at the Cawse Nickel Mine, where he was instrumental in bringing on-line the full SX/EW capacity of the plant. During his tenure at Rio’s Gove Alumina Refinery he held a number of supervisory and management roles across the facility, giving him detailed exposure into effective process control.

These two new members to the Heron Team are suitably skilled to assist the Company to move through the next milestones at Woodlawn in the pathway to first production. We are fortunate they have joined the team, and we look forward to their contribution.

About Heron Resources Limited:

Heron’s primary focus is the development of its 100% owned, high grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In addition, the Company holds a significant high quality, gold and base metal tenement holding in New South Wales and Western Australia.


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For further information, please visit www.heronresources.com.au or contact: Australia: Mr Wayne Taylor Managing Director and Chief Executive Office Tel: +61 2 9119 8111 or +61 8 6500 920 Email: heron@heronresources.com.au Jon Snowball, FTI Consulting Tel: +61 2 8298 6100 jon.snowball@fticonsulting.com Canada: Tel: +1 647-862-1157 (Toronto)

Source: Heron Resources Limited