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LRMA News 28 November 2007

HUDSON PEAR FIGHT CONTINUES



The Hudson Pear Task Force and Management Committee met earlier this week in Lightning Ridge and reports were favourable. The Castlereagh Macquarie County Council has been spraying in the Lightning Ridge and Grawin Glengarry areas over the past three months and has reduced the infestations substantially.



The LRMA has received confirmation of funding from the Western Catchment Management Authority to continue their work around Lightning Ridge. The GGSMA are continuing their great work in their area. There is still plenty of Pears to be sprayed as it does continue to grow and we continue to rely on the community to report infestation which in the past has been extremely helpful.



The Committee have produced some information leaflets and posters that will be widely distributed so that miners, landholders, tourists etc. learn about this weed and do not spread it. A significant education campaign will be aimed at opal miners travelling into new areas to ensure they do not cart Hudsons Pear with them on their tyres. Reminder signs have been put up by the Department of Primary Industries at the entrances to Opal Prospecting Area 4.



The most promising piece of news relayed at the meeting is the progress being made towards importing a biological control. Some initial work has been undertaken in Mexico and a suitable cochineal insect that will control cylindropuntia rosea and tunicata has been identified and the timetable for importation of this insect is to be determined. There are stringent controls and processes in place and it will take some time but the Committee believes biological control will be one of the most effective tools in the future.

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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


1 January 2008 00:05am
LRMA News 21 November 2007

SECOND GENERATION LRMA PRESIDENT



Following in his fathers footsteps, Daniel Hatcher is the new president of the Lightning Ridge Miners' Association Ltd. Danny Snr was President of the LRMA from 1976 to 1982. Outgoing President Drago Panich remains on the Board as a Director and two new Directors were welcomed at the AGM, Kim Wiesenberger and Sebastian Deisenberger.

Outgoing Directors were Robert Barrett who has been on the Board since 1991 and Ken Lindqvist who has been a Director for the past six years. Ken will still assist Fred Mallouk with any issues associated with the property ‘Wyoming’. New President Danny Hatcher thanked Drago for his time as President and both Ken and Bob for their many years of work on behalf of opal miners.


The LRMA Board for 2006/2007 is Danny Hatcher, Fred Mallouk, Ormond Molyneux, Kim Botfield, Drago Panich, Anthony Melonas, Sebastian Deisenberger, Stephen Turner, Mark Holland and Kim Wiesenberger.


The 47 members at the annual general meeting discussed and were supportive of the LRMA Performance Bond Scheme whereby members could lodge their security bonds with the LRMA instead of the Department and roll their bond over onto new titles. The LRMA would then lodge a bulk security bond with the Department.


The meeting discussed the concept of one hectare claims in OPA 4 and whilst there was some passionate debate the members were overwhelming against one hectare claims.


The members also endorsed the Lightning Ridge Mining Board representatives as Danny Hatcher, Maxine O'Brien, Stephen Turner and Fred Mallouk.


Danny Hatcher informed the meeting that the LRMA would be undertaking rehabilitation works in the near future utilising funds from the environmental levy and members with a loader and truck were encouraged to register their interest of undertaking contract work with the LRMA office.


Danny also encouraged members to try and stick to their price for opal even though it may be difficult as he believed if miners held out for a better price it will go up within the next 12 months.
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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


1 January 2008 00:03am