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Lrma News 30 August 2005

Opal .the colours of the soul


Posters and cards featuring the brand and positioning statement produced by the National Opal Miners Association are selling very well. Quite a bit of interest has been generated in using "Opal .the colours of the soul" by opal companies, which is available under licence. The National Opal Miners Association is in the process of finalising the licence agreement. The next step will be to contact opal companies interested in advertising and promoting opal cooperatively. The aim is to raise the profile of opal with the general public and generate greater demand. For further information or to purchase the great point-of-sale material, with images of black, white and boulder opal, please contact the LRMA.

Hudson Pear


The Work for the Dole project funded by JobLink Plus and the Natural
Heritage Trust's Envirofund to spray Cylindropuntia spp or Hudson's Pear is going well. We have had a great response from numerous volunteers who have let the LRMA know where infestations are and if we have missed any plants around the town. We have sprayed all areas once and are now going back for a second pass. The weather is a little warmer and the plants will be in growth mode so now is an ideal time to spray. The LRMA is still making up back packs for a any volunteers who wish to spray around their camps. Please continue to let us know of any areas or plants we have missed.

JobLink Plus are also in the process of trying to get a scheme going for the Grawin Glengarry area and hopefully this will not be too far off.

We believe in the near future the Department of Planning and Natural
Resources will call a meeting to look at a more coordinated approach to
containing the Hudsons Pear, as it appears there are a couple of sources of funding available. The LRMA are continuing to push for biological control. The best we can hope for with chemical and mechanical control is to contain this nasty weed and stop it from spreading whereas biological control should have a better chance of reducing it.

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Maxine O'Brien
Secretary/Manager
Lightning Ridge Miners' Association Ltd
PO Box 177
Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Ph: (02) 6829 0427; Fax: (02) 6829 0830
Mob: 0427 920 474
Email: lrma@lightningridge.net.au
26 March 2006 04:30pm
Lrma News 23 August 2005

OPAL PROSPECTING AREA 4


Things are progressing towards opening up some new ground for prospecting on Opal Prospecting Area 4. The first area likely to be put under Opal Prospecting Blocks is the area near Mulga on "Wee Warra" where mining is already occurring. A revised access management plan will need to be negotiated with the landholder.

Department of Primary Industries staff botanists will be looking at a number of properties near the existing mining fields to determine whether any threatened species will be affected by mining. The Department are preparing templates to facilitate the negotiation of access management plans and finalising new opal prospecting licence and mineral claim conditions for Opal Prospecting Area 4. The new claim conditions will have stricter environmental conditions that will eventually flow through to all fields.
The Department are also in the process of preparing best practice manual in regard to environmental practice and rehabilitation.

LRMA SECURITY BONDS


We have received a positive response from the Department of Primary
Industries to the LRMA proposal to underwrite the security bonds for their members. Their legal branch is in the process of working on a heads of agreement for our consideration. There is quite a bit of detail to be worked out to keep the administration of the scheme as simple as possible. This scheme should be of great benefit to our members who will be able to lodge one security bond for a number of titles such as mineral claims, OPLs and prospecting claims and roll the bond over onto new titles. Through this scheme LRMA are vouching for their members and changing the culture in respect to the environment.

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Maxine O'Brien
Secretary/Manager
Lightning Ridge Miners' Association Ltd
PO Box 177
Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Ph: (02) 6829 0427; Fax: (02) 6829 0830
Mob: 0427 920 474
Email: lrma@lightningridge.net.au


26 March 2006 04:29pm