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LRMA News 16 December 2009

2009 IN REVIEW


The LRMA Board has had an extremely busy year and no doubt this will continue next year. Some travel was involved. In April the Secretary attended the Opal Fashion Bash in Townsville; in July a group headed to Winton for the 6th National Opal Symposium; and in September LRMA and GGSMA Directors gave a presentation to the Directors of NSW Industry & Investment in Maitland.

We have continued to work on access to land and Opal Prospecting Blocks on ‘Barfield’ were released although not available for prospecting and mining. We are in the process of finalising the Review of Environmental Factors on behalf of the industry. An old block near town, Opal Prospecting Block 116 was balloted late last month after Walgett Shire Council decided it would be many decades before this area may be required for urban development.

There have been two court cases where we have been awarded costs, one against Mr Parkins in the Supreme Court on Access Management Plans and one against Mr Slack-Smith in the Mining Warden’s Court on compensation. We have yet to see any money.

Rehabilitation works have slowed up this year by unnecessary government red tape but hopefully we can undertake a lot more than the five or so completed this year. There are another four jobs ready to go out to tender. We did receive some funding from the Land and Property Management Authority and have used that to clean up three areas of rubbish three abandoned camps around the town.

The Mining Wardens Court was abolished in April this year and most of the functions, except administrative functions, were transferred to the Land and Environment Court.

The latest issue confronting the industry at present is compensation. The compensation fund that was administered by the Lighting Ridge Mining Board will finish as of 31 December 2009 as it is no longer sustainable. There will not be sufficient funds to pay the landholders what they are used to receiving. The LRMA and GGSMA are attempting to reach an agreement with the landholders but it is not looking good at present. If no agreement can be reached then the landholders will receive $12.50 per mineral claim and $12.50 will go into a fund for rehabilitation or further claims for compensation as per the original Warden’s determination. This determination will stand until another agreement is entered into or either party choose to seek a new determination in the Land and Environment Court. The miners did make an offer of $40 per mineral claim but this was rejected.

The road levy will be increased to $25 as of 1 January 2010 to enable us to grade the roads more often.

And the highlight of the year is that we have new LRMA stubby holders and ratters stickers for sale.

OFFICE CLOSED


The LRMA office will be closed from Thursday 24 December and re-open on Monday 11 January 2010.

On behalf of the Directors and staff we wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
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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 December 2009 12:22pm
LRMA News 25 November 2009

SUPREME COURT AWARDS LRMA COSTS


The LRMA have been awarded costs in the access case, Parkins vs the LRMA. Justice Hall of the Supreme Court handed down his decision on costs last Thursday. The case was in relation to the Access Management Plan for Wyoming. After many months attempting to negotiate an access management plan we could not come to an agreement and the case ended up in the Warden’s Court in 2008.

Mr Parkins appealed the Warden’s findings on four points to the Supreme Court. Justice Hall heard arguments in the Supreme Court last April and handed down his decision in the LRMA’s favour several months ago. The next step will be to present Mr Parkin’s legal representatives with the costs for payment.

The LRMA had also been awarded costs against Mr Slack-Smith by the Mining Warden in a compensation case from which Mr Slack-Smith withdrew. We have been unable to reach an agreement in regards to those costs and the matter is currently before the Supreme Court waiting for a judgement order.

SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO TOWN


Santa Clause will be the guest of honour at the LRMA Xmas party being held 1.00pm this Saturday at the RSL Club for members and their families. Parents should bring a gift under $10 for each of their children.

There will be barbecue and drinks provided and lots of games for the kids. Games coordinators Ned Hallett and Camilla Finne have designed a fun filled afternoon with many activities planned. Most of the games involve water so it might be wise if the children do not wear their best outfits.

The Xmas party follows the AGM which will be held at the Bowling Club at 11am – members only are welcome.
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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

25 November 2009 06:02pm