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LRMA News 4 December 2008

MINING WARDEN TO BE ABOLISHED


The government currently has a Bill (Courts and Crimes Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2008) before Parliament to transfer the jurisdiction of the Mining Warden to the Land and Environment Court. The Bill amends the Land and Environment Court Act, the Mining Act and the Petroleum (Onshore) Act.

The Mining Wardens have a history that dates back to the nineteenth century and have been responsible for determining disputes in relation to mining activities since the earliest days of mining within NSW. The LRMA is appalled that such a radical change of legislation can occur without consultation with industry. We have been liaising closely with the NSW Minerals Council and they were also unaware of the situation until recently.

The new regime will include a Commissioner for Mining and the Attorney Generalís office has assured us this person will continue to travel to Lightning Ridge. It appears that as the government has the numbers in the Legislative Assembly and the support of the Greens in the Legislative Council this Bill is likely to become law. If successful the new legislation will commence early next year.

In the meantime the LRMA and the NSW Minerals Council are working towards ensuring that in practice the new regime remains as close to the existing regime as possible. The recently retired Mining Warden, Magistrate John Bailey is staying on for a bit longer to assist the Land and Environment Court through the transitional stage.

We are still working out all the ramifications of the Bill but the Mining Act 1992 is still the Mining Act no matter which Court hears disputes in relation to mining. The Land and Environment will in the same way the Wardenís Court did have to rule on disputes according to the Mining Act, although it will probably be more complicated, expensive and time consuming.
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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 December 2008 12:20pm
LRMA News 26 November 2008

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The 35th LRMA Annual General Meeting was held last Saturday and 40 members attended. The members passed a motion to reduce the number of Directors from nine to seven making a Board of eight including the President.

The LRMA only received seven eligible nominations and therefore Sebastian Deisenberger was elected as President and the six Directors are Drago Panich, Ormond Molyneux, Michael Cooke, Chris Cheal, Fred Mallouk and Mark Holland. The President thanked outgoing Directors Kim Wiesenberger and Kim Botfield and welcomed new Director Mick Cooke. The LRMA is still short one Director and as no nominations were received from the floor the Board will need to appoint another Director.

The members endorsed the LRMA representative on the Lightning Ridge Mining Board for the coming year and they are Sebastian Deisenberger and Maxine O'Brien and the alternates are Fred Mallouk and Mark Holland.

The meeting discussed several issues including the Wyoming access management plan case which is in the Supreme Court and the Slack-Smith compensation case and mines operation plans. The meeting agreed not to change LRMA policy and continue to oppose new residential titles on the preserved fields and to resist any pressure from the Department for the LRMA to register titles over existing waste dumps.

The members then enjoyed a barbecue and drinks for Xmas at the RSL Club. The raffle, a $100 voucher from Khans was won by Donella Molyneux and second prize a $50 Khanís voucher was won by Sten Magnusson. Thank you to all who attended the AGM and Christmas party and to all the helpers. Next year will be bigger and better with a return to a family day with kids games and Santa Claus.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL VISIT


The LRMA spent last Tuesday afternoon showing Richard Sheldrake, Director-General of the Department of Primary Industries the opal mining industry. We went underground, looked at a processing site and visited a couple of rehabilitation sites. We discussed various issues facing the industry today and received a very positive response from Mr Sheldrake.


L-R: Sebastian Deisenberger, LRMA; Lindsay Gilligan, DPI; Greg Markwick, DPI; Michael McFadyen, DPI; Richard Sheldrake, Director-General DPI; and Phil Anquetil, DPI.

WYOMING COURT CASE


The Supreme Court has at last set some directions for the hearing of Mr Parkins appeal in regards to the Wyoming access management plan.

Mr Parkins is required to file any documents and further affidavits by 19 December 2008. The LRMA has until 2 March 2009 to respond and file any affidavits and Parkins then as until 23 March to reply. The hearing of the case has been set down for 6 & 7 April 2009.

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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

26 November 2008 05:22pm