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LRMA News 23 September 2009

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The 36th Annual General Meeting of the Lightning Ridge Minersí Association will be held on Saturday 28th November 2009. It will not be long before we are planning a celebration for our 40th year since incorporation. The LRMA was incorporated on 22 February 1974.

Now is the time to consider becoming a Director of the Lightning Ridge Miners' Association Ltd. The members will be electing a President and Board of Directors at the AGM. Nominations for President and Directors close on 13 November 2009. Anyone who is interested is most welcome to come along to Board meetings prior to the AGM to get an idea of what happens.

The annual Christmas party will be held at the RSL Club immediately following the AGM. All members and their family are welcome so save the date and come along. Fun and games for the children and young at heart.

OPEN BOARD MEETING


All members are welcome to attend an informal Board meeting on the last Wednesday of the month at 4pm in the LRMA office. It so happens that the last Wednesday of the month is next Wednesday 30th September, so come along.

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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

24 September 2009 12:09pm
LRMA News 16 September 2009

LRMA & GGSMA MEET MINERAL RESOURCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


The LRMA and GGSMA made a presentation on the opal industry to the Executive Director Mr Brad Mullard, Mineral Resources in Maitland last week. Also present at the meeting were the Director of the Environmental Sustainability Unit, Ms Elise Newberry; Director of Geological Survey of NSW, Mr Lindsay Gilligan and Chief Inspector of Mines, Mr Rob Regan.

The purpose of the meeting was to meet the Executive Director and explain our industry to him, what our current issues are and what we believe is required for the future to ensure the longevity of the industry. Quite a bit of the discussion revolved around the releasing of new areas in Opal Prospecting Area 4 and the environmental regime.

One of the reasons for visiting was the decline in mining activity over the past eight years. This is evidenced by the drop in new claim registrations. At the end of the financial year in 2001 there were 1,822 new registrations, compared to 786 in 2005 and 519 in 2009. Among other things we pointed out that there are hundreds of families reliant on opal mining whereas there are less than ten western lands leaseholders impacted by opal mining. Less than 3% of the Narran-Warrambool Reserve has ever been covered by a mining title and at present 0.2% of the Reserve has a mineral claim over it compared to 0.4% in the busiest time of the industry.

The Executive Director advised that the Departmentís current environmental policy is being driven by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and recent court decisions and that unfortunately we are subject to the same legislation as large mining companies.

DIAMOND EXPERT VISITING LIGHTNING RIDGE


We are lucky to have Mr Scott Sucher visiting Lightning Ridge just after the October long weekend and in exchange for slaving in an opal mine he will give a fascinating talk on the evolution of diamond cutting. Hosted by the LRMA and the Australian Opal Centre this talk will be held at the Bowling Club at 6pm on Tuesday 6 October 2009.

Scott will also be bringing along his world renowned collection of diamond replicas with him as he is an expert in the history and cutting of famous historical diamonds such as the Hope diamond, French Blue, Tavernier Blue and Koh-i-Noor diamonds, amongst many others.

This will be a fascinating talk, so save the date.


LRMA OPAL ADVISORY SERVICE


The LRMA Opal Advisory Service sits every Saturday morning (except for the festive season) from 9am to 11am. If wish to have up to six stones priced you must be at the old reception of the Lightning Ridge Hotel Motel well before 10am. If you arrive any later than this you may be disappointed as it takes time for your stones to go through the panel and they finish at 11am.

The Service is continually adjusting their pricing advice to reflect market conditions and the feedback cards are a valuable source of information for this process. So once you sell your opal to a wholesaler, please return your feedback cards to the LRMA Opal Advisory Service.

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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

24 September 2009 12:07pm