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Lrma News 31 May 2005

GREAT EASTERN EXTENSION


The Great Eastern Extension on the property 'Wyoming' is one step closer to be opened up for mining. Mineral claims have been pending in this area for over two years. Mining will go ahead under more stringent environmental conditions. The LRMA on behalf and in consultation with its members have prepared a Mines Operation Plan for the area that has now been accepted by the Department of Primary Industries, Mineral Resources.

The Department are in the process of preparing mineral claims conditions for the area that reflect the Mines Operation Plan. We hope the whole process will be finalised in the next couple of weeks and the pending claims finally registered.

MULGA MULLOCK DUMP


It appears that potential disaster has been averted and Mulga waste dump will remain open if the latest plans to ensure occupational health and safety on the dumps are successful. The Minister for Mineral Resources was on the brink of closing the Mulga Dump unless the opal mining industry came up with a solution to stop noodlers getting too close to dumping trucks. Should an accident occur then the GGSMA who hold title to the dump, the truck driver and government would have been in serious trouble.

There will be only one dump and the GGSMA have advertised for a supervisor. Part of the supervisor's role will be to keep all unauthorised persons off the dump, including noodlers and directing the dumping of mullock. The supervisor will have sole rights to the mullock for processing. The industry is hopeful that this solution to a long-standing occupational health and safety problem will be successful.

If the dumps were closed and miners had nowhere to dump their excess mullock it would have made it extremely difficult to continue mining. This would have had serious consequences for the industry, as this area is the major producing field at present.

The GGSMA tried several solutions to accommodate noodlers, one being a two dump system where trucks dumped on one and the noodlers had access to the other. This system did not work as some noodlers continued to noodle on the wrong dump putting themselves and the miners at risk. Several noodlers have been prosecuted but the court case has been adjourned four times to date.


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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 04:22pm
Lrma News 17 May 2005

REHABILITATION PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE STANDARDS


The LRMA received a positive response from the Department of Primary
Industries, Mineral Resources when the President presented a proposal last week to raise industry rehabilitation standards in exchange for certain government assurances.

The LRMA propose to underwrite the performance of their members who wish to participate in a rolling bond scheme. The LRMA would lodge a bulk bond with the Department on behalf of participating members and the members would lodge their security bond with the LRMA and simply roll it over onto any new prospecting or mining titles. The LRMA believes that by their members showing the way by example environmental standards will improve across the whole industry.

The President, Drago Panich explained to the Department that although by default the LRMA often enters negotiations on behalf of the industry at the end of the day they could only guarantee the performance of their members.
But over the past couple of years the tools for change have been put in place. The Department have commenced environmental sweeps and the results have been very encouraging, the Department now have the ability to issue on the spot fines, legislation is in place to pursue those who do the wrong thing and the rehabilitation levy has been put into place to use on fields where mining has finished.

The assurances sought by the LRMA were the continuation of over the counter titles, 50m x 50m claims throughout the Narran-Warrambool Reserve, practical and attainable environmental regime and reasonable costs for titles and levies.

The LRMA will also be presenting their proposal to the Lightning Ridge
Mining Board this Thursday and continue to work with the Department on the detail. The proposal will benefit the Department by reducing part of their workload, benefit the miners by allowing them to lodge the one security deposit and leaving it in place and raise the environmental standards throughout the industry.

FINAL REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS REPORT AVAILABLE


The Department of Primary Industries, Mineral Resources has released the Review of Environmental Factors report on Opal Mining with the
Narran-Warrambool Reserve plus a report on the representations made by various parties to the first report.

This report is hot off the press and when we have had a chance to digest the information we will report further. On first glance it does not look like it has changed much from the draft.


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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 04:21pm