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LRMA News 26 August 2008
A MONTH IN THE LIFE OF THE LRMA

The LRMA has had a very busy month fighting for the interests of opal miners.

It kicked off with a directions hearing at the Wardens Court in regards to Mr Slack-Smiths application for an assessment of compensation and the Warden advised he would hear the case on 30 September and 1 October. In the same week a Director and staff inspected all our puddling tanks to determine what areas needed attention.

The second week was exceptionally busy. Monday saw a LRMA Board meeting, Tuesday we had to lodge our experts report with the Warden’s Court for the compensation assessment case, Wednesday there was a heritage meeting discussing what holes can be left open on the preserved fields, a waste dump (rehabilitation stockpiles) meeting where the Department continue to try and force the industry to put all old dumps on title.

Wednesday finished off with a meeting with the Department of Primary Industries which was unusually positive particularly in relation to Wyoming which has culminated in the release of there Opal Prospecting Blocks last week. We are still waiting for the revised title conditions where hopefully we have had some wins. Thursday the Lightning Ridge Mining Board was held where we learned that the Aboriginal Heritage issues on Barfield are resolved and that it should not be too long until the Department complete their Part V determination, the access management plan is released, tracks touched up and the 12 OPBs released.

The third week saw Directors erecting signage on Wyoming as per our commitments under the Access Management Plan. This week Directors are out assisting with marking out the 500m boundary from the Wyoming homestead so that OPB 31D can be released. A Director is also supervising works building a bund wall around the road on Tank 4 identified as necessary at the tank inspection.

Directors have also been involved in the day to day running of the LRMA undertaking such tasks as approving payments, vetting correspondence on various issues etc etc.

All the Directors of the LRMA are voluntary and receive no remuneration for all the work they put in. In fact it costs them time and money in looking after the interests of the industry. So next time you see a Director give them a thank you and a pat on the back and if you are mining and not a member, join the LRMA.

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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

27 August 2008 04:39pm
LRMA News 19 August 2008
LIGHTNING RIDGE WEB SITE

Miners can now go online and look at maps of mineral claims, Opal Prospecting Blocks and Opal Prospecting Areas and lots more. The Department of Primary Industries has created a Lightning Ridge section on their web site which includes such things as forms, maps and geological reports. There is information on mining, opal, Lightning Ridge, mining courses and landholder information.

It is well worth a look and will save time as rather than visiting the Departmental office for a claim map you can simply go online and print one out. The web site is www.dpi.nsw.gov.au, then go to the Minerals and Petroleum page and Lightning Ridge is listed at the top of that page.

The Opal Claim System (OCS) Viewer is accessible from the Lightning Ridge page. It contains a wealth of information including all mineral claims that have been listed digitally (very old mineral claims will not be on the system). The OCS Viewer is easy to use but it is well worth reading the instructions on how to operate the system before you start to get the most out of it. If you do happen to spot anything that is not quite right such as a claim not in the place, please advise the Department so they can investigate.
HUDSON PEAR FUNDING

The LRMA has been successful in obtaining funding from the Western Catchment Management Authority to control Hudson Pear on the areas surrounding Lightning Ridge. The funding commences shortly and the program will be complete at the end of May 2009. The funding will enable the LRMA to purchase additional product and reemploy our weed warriors Ted and Bruce to spray the weed. We will continue to rely upon the community to spray their own areas and let us know of any infestations.

SECURITY BOND SCHEME STARTS MONDAY


The LRMA security bond scheme will start on Monday 25 August 2008. For more information on the scheme simply contact the LRMA office. Members are welcome to come to the office and collect a copy of the agreement at any time.

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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 August 2008 00:40am