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LRMA News 3 October 2012

MINISTER REVERSES SECURITY BOND INCREASES


Resources Minister Hartcher has announced security deposits for opal mining will remain at pre 1 July levels. This should see the reinstatement of the LRMA Collective Bond Scheme and the return of the Department bonds to $750 per claim and $350 per opal prospecting license.

The Minister also announced the government is considering increasing compensation rates to $60 per mineral claim and to $100 plus 10c per hectare for opal prospecting licenses.

The LRMA has been lobbying the Minister’s office to reverse the bond increases with assistance from our local representative Minister Kevin Humphries since the legislation was introduced in July 2012.

We have been lobbying in regards to compensation for many years and it is a positive outcome that the Minister is looking at setting the compensation rate otherwise we would need to resort to a court determination. The compensation rate the Minister is proposing for mineral claims is nearly five times that set by the Mining Warden back in 1992.

We are still working on getting the roads, waste dump and rehabilitation levy back in place and the government understands the importance of these levies to the opal industry.

We are expecting the release of the government’s response to the Wilcox report in the next couple of weeks and this should have a bit more detail in it.

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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: manager.lrma@bigpond.com

4 October 2012 11:55am
LRMA News 11th September 2012

BARFIELD PENDING CLAIMS TO BE GRANTED


The LRMA has been successful in convincing the government to grant those claims that are pending on ‘Barfield’ and remove any limit on the number that may be registered in the future.

Over 40 claims have been pending on Opal Prospecting Block (OPB) 207 since they were pegged some months ago and they will be granted in the very near future. The Department when they released ‘Barfield’ put a limit on the number of claims that could be registered prior to an assessment of environmental impact. There was a limit of 40 claims per OPB and a total of 120 for the property.

The LRMA, as requested by the Department, prepared a contingency development strategy on how waste would be managed and argued that until the pending claims were granted and additional prospecting and mining could commence we could not determine where and when a waste dump may be required. The strategy also puts in place a process to follow should a waste dump be necessary.

We have negotiated the installation of a grid and a new access track with the land holder on the northern part of ‘Barfield’ which will give existing claim holders more direct access to a waste dump at Sheepyards and processing facilities at Glengarry.

The Environmental Sustainability Unit will maintain a watching brief on mining activity.
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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: manager.lrma@bigpond.com

12 September 2012 12:15pm