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LRMA News 12 August 2009

NEWS BITS AND PIECES


Membership of the LRMA continues to grow as miners take advantage of the security bond scheme.

There is a compensation case for access to a gold exploration lease currently being held in the Broken Hill Court. All three Mining Commissioners of the Land and Environment Court will hear the case. It is the first compensation case to be heard by the Land and Environment Court. LRMA lawyer Lindsay Moore is acting for the miner in the case. The outcome will be interesting and we will keep you posted.

The Land and Environment Court have established a Mining Court Users’ Group which the LRMA has been invited to be a member of. The first meeting will be held in Sydney on 31 August 2009.

The Opal Festival weekend was a great success and there appeared to more exhibitors than ever. The Australian Opal Exhibition was held on the Gold Coast last week and although exhibitor numbers were down there appeared to be more sales than previous years. Around 95% of exhibitors have committed for 2010 plus quite a few new exhibitors. So the 2010 Exhibition is already looking good.

We have also heard good reports from Winton and Yowah festivals so hopefully things are on the improve.

The LRMA and GGSMA continue to prepare the Review of Environmental Factors and Rehabilitation and Environmental Management Plan for ‘Barfield’.
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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

12 August 2009 06:38pm
LRMA News 29 July 2009

BARFIELD LEASES


The LRMA and GGSMA met last week with many of the successful ballot winners of the Opal Prospecting Blocks on Barfield and their drillers. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what the ballot winners wanted to do in regards to the preparation of Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Rehabilitation and Environment Plan (REMP).

The meeting agreed that as an industry one REF and REMP should be prepared rather than miners each doing individual reports as this would over complicate the process for miners and the government and the costs would be too high for individual miners. They also agreed that the REF would be completed for both the prospecting and mining stages at the one time. The other alternative was to complete one just for prospecting but then no one would be able to go ahead and mine until another REF for mining had been prepared.

The meeting agreed that the LRMA and GGSMA would prepare the report based on environmental studies already completed. It was acknowledged that the approvals process may take a little longer than if a consultant was commissioned to complete the report but it was agreed that the cost would be substantially less. The miners felt they have a better understanding of the activities they undertake and the measures that need to be taken to minimise environmental impact than a consultant would.

The LRMA and GGSMA are in the process of preparing the REF and REMP with the assistance of a couple of the ballot winners and any assistance from other members will be gratefully accepted. The next step will be to submit this to the Department and if they approve the REF they can then sign off under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and the titles can be granted.

OPAL FESTIVAL TRAIL


The opal trail for 2009 is in its final couple of weeks with the Lightning Ridge Opal Festival and IOJDAA Jewellery Awards this weekend and the Australian Opal Exhibition on the Gold Coast on 6 & 7 August 2009.

Coober Pedy held their Opal Festival at Easter but the main activity for the opal industry started in Winton early this month with the National Opal Symposium and QBOA Trade Show. The Yowah Opal Festival was held 17-19 July and the Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show was held last weekend.

We trust all those that attend will have a fantastic and successful time in Lightning Ridge this weekend and the Gold Coast next week.

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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


1 August 2009 05:04pm