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LRMA NEWS 16 May 2007

CHANGE OF COUNCIL RATING NOTICES


Residential claimholders and mining purpose leaseholders received a letter from the Walgett Shire Council last week in regards to the change of the rating category for their titles and boy has it created a fracas.

Do not panic. The change in categorisation is simply another indication of bureaucracy gone mad. Apparently the Department of local government has told Council that they cannot categorise land as mining for opal titles as the only mining titles they can categorise as mining under the Local Government Act is coal or metalliferous. Therefore they have had to change the category from mining to business. We are assured that nothing will change. It does not affect the rates or how you use the land and it will have no impact on converting a residential claim to a western lands lease.

LRMA & GGSMA COMMUNITY SURVEY


The LRMA and GGSMA have received some great responses to their survey on the importance of the opal industry to the economy and culture of Lightning Ridge. We still need more support so if you have not completed a survey it would be helpful if you did. They are all around the town and at the LRMA office. Obviously the more numbers we have the more impact it will have in our negotiations with various government departments.


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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


20 May 2007 04:53pm
LRMA News 17 April 2007

PRESIDENT OF LRMA ADDRESSES THE JAA



LRMA President Daniel Hatcher addressed the Opal Chapter of the Jewellers Association of Australia last week on the current state of the black opal industry. Lack of supply, access to new ground for prospecting and mining, increased regulation were some of the issues that were discussed. The JAA agreed to support the LRMA in putting proactive proposals to government in a whole of industry approach.

Daniel Hatcher would particularly like to thank the President of the Opal Chapter of the JAA, Peter Sherman and the JAA CEO, Ian Hadassin for allowing him to present and for their ongoing support.

NATIONAL OPAL MINERS ASSOCIATION INIATIVES



The National Opal Miners Association (NOMA) held a meeting the week before last in Coober Pedy. NOMA is made of all the State miners association plus a representative from the Opal Chapter of the JAA and the Opal Association and each of the State governments.

Several initiatives were agreed to at the meeting. One was to appoint a sub-committee of three people to develop a marketing strategy for the opal industry that NOMA can implement and another was to appoint a sub-committee of three to formulate a research strategy. The marketing sub-committee is Yanni Athanasiadis from Coober Pedy and Michelle Schellnegger from Lightning Ridge and another yet to be appointed. The research sub-committee consists of Henk Godthelp, University of NSW, Damien Cody of Cody Opal and Terry Brennan-Kussa miner and retailer from Mintabie, SA.

NOMA also agreed at their meeting to join the Australian Gem and Jewellery Industry Council as a national body and to seek the support of the JAA in ensuring that opal and opal jewellery is correctly labelled when offered for sale.

QBOA WORKSHOPS



The Queensland Boulder Opal Association is working in conjunction with Austrade to bring Workshops to Winton on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July 2007, the two days prior to the 2007 Trade Show on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July 2007.

The Program for these workshops will cover :-



* How to improve your product packaging for both domestic and international markets

∑ How to identify appropriate markets and begin to develop a market entry strategy

* What the issues are surrounding pricing your product for export taking tariffs and regulatory requirements into consideration

* Distribution and logistics issues faced by small businesses with limited supply

* How the Queensland Government and Austrade can assist your business to export

* E-business planning for export

* Good exporter websites Ė the dos and doníts

∑ Online marketing tactics to drive traffic to your website, including search engine optimisation, email marketing and linking

The costs for these workshops will be a minimal fee per day to cover the costs of hall hire and MíTea/Lunch/AíTea.

For these workshops to go ahead there has to be a certain number attending, therefore if you are interested in attending please contact Narelle Banning as soon as possible on phone 07 4657 1565 or email qboa@bigpond.com.au
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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


17 April 2007 11:09pm