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Lrma News 8 November


A new licensing system has been introduced under the Explosives Act 2003 from 1 September 2005. From now on Workcover will be the sole license issuing authority. So those miners with a shotfirers permit will need to apply for a new license in the near future.

Workcover will be holding an information session at the Bowling Club on Saturday 10 December 2005 starting at 10am. This session is free and will explain the new regime and what miners need to do to continue to use explosives.

Part of the process for a new licence will involve a Police probity check and satisfying the Department of Primary Industries competency criteria. You will probably have to demonstrate to the Department that you have a need to use explosives and it will be important to maintain your log books correctly and make sure they are up to date.

There will be costs involved for the new licenses which will be issued on a five year basis. All those with current shotfirers permits should attend this free session. Please phone the LRMA to register for the information session.


The President and Directors of the LRMA will be meeting the new Minister, the Hon Ian Macdonald, MLC at Parliament House this week to discuss the current state of the opal mining industry. The main issue on the agenda will be timely access to new areas in Opal Prospecting Area 4.

The LRMA will also be meeting with the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Maitland to discuss the draft mineral claim and Opal Prospecting License conditions and rehabilitation standards for Opal Prospecting Area 4.

The Board will report the results of these meetings to the Annual General Meeting being held at the Bowling Club at 11am on Saturday 19 November 2005.

26 March 2006 04:36pm
Lrma News 2 November 2005


Now is your opportunity to contribute to the opal mining industry by nominating to become a Director of the LRMA. But you must be quick as nominations close this Friday 4 November and must be lodged with the Secretary before 5.00pm.

The LRMA has nine Directors and a President who are elected annually by the members at the Annual General Meeting. The 32nd AGM is being held at the Bowling Club at 11am on Saturday 19 November 2005. To be eligible to be President or a Director nominees must have been a financial member of the LRMA for minimum of one year; must have resided in the Lightning Ridge district for a minimum of two years, in which time they would have been actively engaged in the opal mining industry and derived the major portion of their income from this industry.

The LRMA holds official Board meetings once a month and when necessary gets together informally to discuss urgent issues and meets with government on a regular basis. The major role of the Board is to set the policies and direction of the LRMA and the industry; negotiate with government and local landholders and manage mining infrastructure. The major issue as always is access to land for prospecting and mining under a suitable regime.

If you think you have some new ideas or can help direct the future of our industry why not nominate as a Director or President of the LRMA. Members would have received a nomination form in the mail but if you cannot find it simply contact the LRMA office.

Maxine O'Brien
Lightning Ridge Miners' Association Ltd
PO Box 177, Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Ph: 02 6829 0427
Fax: 02 6829 0830
Mob: 0427 920 474

26 March 2006 04:35pm