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Lrma News 16 August 2005

OPAL FEVER


Things have started to settle down after a couple of weeks of opal
festivities. Firstly there was the 4th National Opal Symposium that
attracted some great speakers and more attendees than expected. This was followed by the Opal Jewellery Design Awards and the Opal Festival, all fantastic events and well attended. The first week in August saw a whole swag of people travel to the Gold Coast for the fourth Australian Opal Exhibition, which looked like the best attended to date, there were many more stalls than previously and good sales were made. The atmosphere at all the opal events was very positive.

The National Opal Miners Association, made up of all the miners associations around Australia plus a representative from each State's government department and the two opal wholesaler organizations (JAA and the Opal Association), met during the festivities. The meeting decided to retain the LRMA as the Secretariat and elected Drago Panich as the interim President.

The National Opal Miners Association launched "Opal .the colours of the
Soul", a positioning statement to encourage increased demand for opal, at the National Opal Symposium and the Australian Opal Exhibition. It has attracted a lot of interest and quite a number of opal companies are interested in using the concept under licence. So hopefully this will help give the industry a boost.

OPAL PROSPECTING AREA 4


The previous Minister for Mineral Resources, the Hon Kerry Hickey, announced the gazettal of Opal Prospecting Area 4 at the 4th National Opal Symposium, which was extremely welcome news for the industry after ten years of lobbying by the LRMA.

We still have quite a bit of work to do negotiating rehabilitation criteria,
protection of Aboriginal sites and Access Management Plans. Hopefully some areas will be opened up reasonably quickly and we will know more following meetings with the Department this week.

We now have a new Minister for Mineral Resources, the Hon Ian Macdonald, MLC and it is far too early to tell what this change in regime will mean for the industry.

WYOMING

The LRMA are continuing to negotiate with the Department to open up the new area on Wyoming. The Department has accepted the Mines Operation Plan, prepared on behalf of LRMA members and we currently have some draft claim conditions to comment on. We also need to negotiate on Access Management Plan with the landholder. So things are moving but slowly as ever.

LRMA BOARD


The LRMA has had a change in its Board composition. Steen Christensen resigned his Board position in July 2005 after ten years of service to the industry. We thank Steen very much for his contribution and welcome new Board member Kim Botfield. Kim is already working hard as the LRMA representative on the Lightning Ridge Opal and Fossil Centre Project.

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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 04:28pm
Lrma News 5 July 2005

TIME FOR THE INDUSTRY TO COME TOGETHER



The LRMA is looking for a show of strength from the opal mining industry at the 4th National Opal Symposium on 26-27 July.

"It is important that many miners from Lightning Ridge attend the
Symposium to demonstrate to the Minister their commitment to the industry and the necessity for Opal Prospecting Area 4", Drago Panich, LRMA President said.

"We have managed to keep the cost of the Symposium to the same as it was six years ago. Full registration will be $175 and that includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas, conference satchel and academic papers, and the Symposium dinner on the evening of Tuesday 26 July.

"If miners only wish to attend for one day the cost is $75 and includes
lunch, morning and afternoon tea and the conference satchel and papers. So please register and do not miss this important industry event.

"There will be some great presentations but most of the fun will be
exchanging information and ideas with other miners and academics and
having the occasional heated discussion with the bureaucrats."

On the first day geologists will be talking about breccia pipes, mound
springs, hydraulic fracturing, characterisation of opal and the age of
opal.
Then some experienced opal miners from NSW, Qld and SA will take on the geologists and give their perspective on where and why opal occurs. Plus there will be a demonstration of Cardox, which uses carbon dioxide to cracks and break material along natural or induced fracture plains.

The second day of the Symposium will feature a session on the efficient extraction of dirt, a fossil workshop and opal promotion.


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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 04:26pm