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8000 m drill programme to commence at Bralorne gold mine in early January 2018

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Global Mining Review,

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (Avino) have finalised plans for an 8000 m drill programme to begin in early January 2018 at its Bralorne Gold mine located in British Columbia, Canada.

On 14 November 2017, the company announced the receipt of an approved permit amendment to the Mines Act Permit M207. The area of drilling is within the recently approved permit amendment, with drilling to be completed under deemed authorisation. 

The programme will consist of 8000 m of drilling, and will focus on 9 gold-bearing veins containing existing resources as defined in the NI 43-101 updated resource estimate completed in October 2016. This programme is designed to delineate additional resources above the 800 level in the vicinity of previously reported gold resources. The programme has been designed by Bralorne's independent consultant with the assistance of Bralorne geologists. This programme will also include two geotechnical holes to provide information for the engineering design of the proposed new tunnel on the 800 level.

This drill programme will be aimed at both identifying additional resources and increasing the confidence in existing resources, in advance of a revised resource update.

President, CEO and Director of Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd, David Wolfin, said: "I am very pleased to commence this planned drill programme. We have been focussed on returning this historical gold mine into production since acquiring the Bralorne Gold Mine in 2014. This drill programme and the receipt of the Amended Permit in November, are important steps that bring us closer to achieving our plans for the Bralorne Gold Mine."

Chance Find procedure

To ensure that no culturally sensitive artifacts are removed or destroyed, the drill programme will be run in accordance with Avino’s ‘Chance Find’ procedure. All ground disturbances will be overseen by a Cultural Heritage Resource Monitor, provided by the Lillooet Tribal Council, who has the ability to halt work in the area if anything of significance is discovered. The project is to be overseen by consulting archeologist, Gordon Mohs, M.A. of Tetra Tech.

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