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LRMA News 14 October 2009

‘BARFIELD’


The LRMA and GGSMA have completed a first draft of a Review of Environmental Factors and Rehabilitation and Environmental Management Plan for ‘Barfield’. This first draft has been circulated to the ballot winners for their comments. The ballot winners will be meeting at the LRMA office next Wednesday at 2.30pm and any other member who has an interest in prospecting and mining ‘Barfield’ is most welcome to attend.

Once the members are happy with the draft it will be submitted to the Department for their consideration. There are still a few bits and pieces that we need to complete particularly in relation to Aboriginal heritage and this will be undertaken whilst the balance of the report is being considered.

REHABILITATION WORKS


It appears the Department is a little closer to sorting out the lapsed and cancelled claims on the opal fields. This hopefully means we can go ahead and rehabilitate some more areas including the four jobs that have been on hold for the past six months. Rehabilitation works have been held up over the past 12 months while the Department have been going through the process of forfeiting bonds so that those monies can be applied to claims that have not been rehabilitated satisfactorily by the claimholder.

Any member who wishes to sub-contract to the LRMA for rehabilitation jobs please let the office know, if you have not already done so. Most jobs can be completed with a truck and loader.
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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

14 October 2009 04:55pm
LRMA News 30 September 2009

DIAMOND PRESENTATION NOT TO BE MISSED


The function room at the Bowling Club will be the place to be at 6.30pm on Tuesday 6th October, for a once in a lifetime presentation on diamonds.

Scott Sucher, an expert in the history and cutting of famous historical diamonds, will be giving a free talk on the evolution of diamond cutting. It covers the period 1000 B.C. to the 20th century, showing the evolution of diamond cutting and the influences of trade, development of optics, and changing technology.

Scott will be bringing his world famous collection of replica diamonds with him all the way from the US of A.

Scott has published articles on the French Blue, Tavernier Blue, and Koh-i-Noor diamonds in Gems and Gemology, plus Review de Gemologie in France plus a few others.

Scott was the featured expert gem cutter in the Discovery Channel documentary "Unsolved History: The Hope Diamond" that first aired in March 2005.

“The Smithsonian unset the Hope so I could photograph it (only the seventh time since the beginning of the 20th century it had been removed from its mounting according to the curator). I was all alone with it for about 20 minutes, along with the Blue Heart diamond and Napoleon's Necklace, the one he gave to his second wife on the birth of their son. A very magical evening, not sure if I took a breath for the two hours of filming”, enthused Scott.

Scott first started cutting when he was 14 and cut his teeth on opal. “In college, while others were watching ‘Charlie's Angels’ on TV, I was cutting an opal that I sold and it paid for my honeymoon in Hawaii. I also traded another for a faceting machine which got me started on the famous diamond path. So opal and I go way back, and coming to Lightning Ridge is quite a dream come true.”

Scott is a retired Air Force Combat Search and Rescue instructor pilot credited with 12 saves, and a previous Chief of the Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Iraq, stationed in Kuwait for awhile. He and his wife Karen enjoy visiting interesting places and meeting interesting people so they should have a fantastic time in Lightning Ridge.

If you would like more information on Scott and his diamonds log onto www.museumdiamonds.com.

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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

30 September 2009 07:02pm