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Lrma News 6 December 2005

DANGEROUS GOODS AND EXPLOSIVES SEMINAR


Workcover’s free public information session on new laws regarding explosives, concentrated ammonium nitrate and dangerous goods and how they may affect you, will be held this Saturday 10 December 2005, at the Lightning Ridge District Bowling Club, starting at 10am.


Around 30 people have booked in for the information session which will be run by Workcover’s Bill Brooks. This information session is essential for anyone who has a shotfirers permit as the laws have changed and miners will need to convert their permit to a licence under Workcover.


The Department of Primary Industries will also explain what criteria they will use to recommend to Workcover that a person is eligible to convert their shotfirers permit to a licence.


The first session will look at dangerous goods and the after lunch session will look at explosives and it should be all over by about 2.30pm. Even if you have not booked in, you are welcome to turn up on Saturday.

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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 04:43pm
Lrma News 29 November 2005

HUDSONS PEAR


Positives moves were made towards controlling Hudsons Pear (cylindropuntia rosea) at a high level meeting in Lightning Ridge this week. All stakeholders and relevant government departments attended the meeting and listened to a presentation from the Department of Natural Resources’ officer Ross Sawtell. Ross provided information about Hudsons Pear and explained the relevant legislation, who is responsible for control and what funding opportunities were available.


The meeting decided a whole of government approach was needed to contain the weed in the short term and in the long term to eradicate the weed through biological control. They agreed to form a small, high level Steering Group with a representative from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Department of Natural Resources, Western Catchment Management Authority, LRMA and NSW Farmers. This committee will sit for a period of two years and their role will be to lobby for funding to contain the weed and to develop biological controls.


The Working Group will continue to manage on the ground works as they have done for the past three years. This is a larger group directed by the Castlereagh Macquarie County Council and includes representatives from LRMA, GGSMA, Walgett Shire Council, Rural Lands Protection Board, Western Catchment Management Authority, NSW Department of Primary Industries, landholders and community members.


The LRMA have recently started a Work for the Dole project in the Grawin, Glengarry area that will run for six months. Numerous volunteers are assisting with this project as they have around the Lightning Ridge area. Volunteers will continue to play a major role in future works.

OPAL PROSPECTING AREA 4



After many years of lobbying and a variety of processes the first Opal Prospecting Blocks will be released in OPA 4 from 19th December 2005. There will be eight blocks released on the property ‘Wee Warra’ where mining is currently occurring. Those who are successful in winning the blocks will not be granted their prospecting title until they attend an environmental awareness seminar and an Access Management Plan is in place. These processes are expected to be complete by early 2006.


NSW Department of Primary Industries will do some further environmental studies on two other properties close to existing fields and hopefully Opal Prospecting Blocks will be released on these areas by mid 2006.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS COURSE



The NSW Department of Primary Industries are introducing an Environmental Awareness Course to explain to claimholders their responsibilities for rehabilitation etc, especially for OPA 4. This course will be added to the safety courses. The Department will run a number of seminars for those people who have already completed the two safety courses. All miners will need to attend this course prior to them prospecting or mining on OPA 4.



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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 04:42pm