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LRMA News 6 May 2009

HUDSON PEAR



The community has been very active over the past month or two spraying Hudson Pear (cylindropuntia rosea and tunicata) around the town opal fields and their camps. This community effort is essential as the weed continues to grow. Now that the cooler weather has come along it is much more pleasant in the great outdoors spraying cactus and keeping fit.

The LRMA’s grant from the Western Catchment Management Authority runs out at the end of May and after that date we will not have our weed warriors Ted Maris and Bruce Annetts spraying every week. Ted and Bruce have been spraying the cactus for over three years.

The LRMA has been lucky enough to secure funding for several projects over the past five years and whilst we have managed to reduce and contain the population of Hudson Pear around the town it is a continual program to keep Hudson Pear under control. We could never achieve what we have without the community’s help and assistance. Thank you to all those people who have come and picked up a backpack and sprayed. Please keep up the good work.

The Hudson Pear Task Force is currently working on gaining funding from the Federal Government to continue various programs including importing a biological control from Mexico.
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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 May 2009 10:42pm
LRMA News 28 April 2009

NOMA OPAL FASHION BASH



The opal industry’s sponsorship of the Opal Fashion Bash is continuing to pay dividends with one of last years opal pendant winners Rachael Finch named Miss Universe Australia in Sydney last week.



Our second year of sponsorship once again brought the magnificence and uniqueness of opal to the attention of talented and beautiful young Australians. Those that won an opal prize loved it and were extremely enthusiastic about our National Gemstone. The winners will wear their opal pendants with pride and show them off to their family and friends and in this way more and more Australians will become aware of opal each year. For those more successful winners hopefully they will gain some media coverage when wearing their opal.



It would be excellent to see some Lightning Ridge youngsters enter the event next year. The Fashion Bash is more than a modelling competition, although many winners have gone onto great things, the participants attend quite a few workshops and come away with a lot more self confidence and poise.



Maxine O'Brien and Lilo Stadler represented the National Opal Miners Association (NOMA) in Townsville on 16-19 April 2009. Opal prizes were donated by opal miners, wholesalers and retailers from all over Australia. NOMA would like to thank from NSW – the Australian Opal Centre, Lost Sea Opals, Down to Earth Opals, Peter’s Opals, Opal Bin, Opalus, Opal Fields, Sherman Opals, the National Opal Collection, John Iskaderian, Opal Minded, Seda Opals, Opals Australia, Berta Opals; from Qld – bolda, Bruce Jackson, Leon Parry, Sunrise Opals, SM Services, Janice Evert Opals, Ozawa Opals, Greg McKay, Noella Chelman and Col Duff; and from SA – Umoona Opal Mine and Museum and Opalworld. A special thank you to Narelle Banning from the Queensland Boulder Opal Association who not only donated pieces but collected prizes from Queenslander boulder miners.


2009 Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch winner of an opal pendant in last years Opal Fashion Bash



(L-R) Mikaela Mctier-Browne from Rockhampton 2009 Most Photogenic Young Model; Hannah Bolton, Tully Best Runway Model; Catriona Gray, Cairns 2009 Young Model of the Year15-17 years old; and Cassidi Schuler, Cairns 2009 Young Model of the Year 12-14 years old. Images by Kate Glover.



2009 Adult model of the year, Stephanie Collins. Image by Kate Glover



Most Photogenic Adult Model, Amber Pask. Image by Kate Glover



Best Adult Runway Model and also entrant in Miss Universe Australia, Kendal Olive from Mackay. Image by Kate Glover.




CHANGES TO OPEN CUT MINERAL CLAIMS



The Department has recently gazetted changes to the Lightning Ridge Mineral Claim District Conditions. The main change has been to lift restrictions on open cut applications. It is no longer a requirement for an area to be declared unsafe and a miner may hold an area up to 2ha for a period of five years and may be renewed for up to five years.

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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 May 2009 10:27pm