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LRMA News 10 September 2008
SECURITY BOND SCHEME UP AND RUNNING

Long term member and a previous Director of the LRMA, Ron Mansfield was the first to join the LRMA security bond scheme. The scheme is up and running and will provide ease and convenience for members plus save them time and money.

The scheme is only open to financial members of the LRMA and they can lodge a security bond of $250 per mineral claim and $350 per prospecting title with us. The bond lodged can remain in the LRMA scheme and as members cancel and register new titles the bond will simply roll over, until the member wishes to withdraw from the scheme.

The Department will refund any bonds they hold to the members in the scheme.

Members must lodge a minimum bond for two claims or $500 in the scheme. Residential claims and open cuts are not eligible.

Members can lodge bonds for their nominees including companies as long as all nominees and all Directors of the company are financial members of the LRMA.

Everything else remains the same. The titleholder is still responsible for rehabilitating their titles to the satisfaction of the Department, must abide by the condition of their title and is responsible for all aspects to do with their prospecting and mining operations and the Department still inspects cancelled titles.

The LRMA is simply lodging a bulk bond with the Department on behalf of the members in the scheme and they in turn lodge their bond with us.

As part of their agreement with the LRMA the member also gives permission to the Department to notify the LRMA if one of their titles has a problem not meeting the current rehabilitation standard. For example, if a member cancels one of their claims in the scheme and it fails inspection the Department will notify the member and send a copy of that notification to the LRMA as well.

It is vital that all members in the scheme rehabilitate their titles to the correct standard and pass inspections so that the LRMA can maintain the bonds at these low levels.


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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

10 September 2008 09:06pm
LRMA News 3 September 2008
WESTERN LANDS LEASES

Some residential claimholders around Lightning Ridge have not been offered western lands leases because of Native Title issue. Those issue we believe have now been resolved as the camps on claims solution predated Native Title. Those residential claimholders will now be offered western lands leases.

NSW FARMERS CONTINUE CAMPAIGN TO STOP OPAL MINING

Lightning Ridge Mining Board landholder representatives are distributing a mischievous and misleading notice to their constituents in their never ending attempts to shut down the opal industry.

They are advising their members that landholder liability protection is restricted to mining activity under title and any other activity outside a mineral claim will potentially put the landholder at risk, which is not true. They are advising their members that mullock dumps are unlawful, which is not true. They are advising that landholders may not have the authority to sign off on Access Management Plans, which is also not true. The notice also advises landholders to seek legal advice before agreeing or signing any access plans or compensation offers, which is their prerogative.

The LRMA continues to lobby for miners rights on behalf of the industry.

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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

4 September 2008 12:40pm