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General Discussion / Meroo River dredger caught
« on: August 30, 2018, 07:10:18 PM »
The bit below is from facebook
The enforcers are out and about. Please obeys the laws of your State.
Rural Crime - NSW Police Force

Mining without Authorisation in Mudgee - 35 year old Parkes man fined $2,500.
On 6 June 2018, NSW Fisheries officers were patrolling the Meroo River and observed a floating dredge in the centre of the watercourse. The dredge was equipped with a petrol motor, sluice and various intake and outlet lines. The sighting of the dredge was reported to the Resources Regulator and NSW Police.
On 7 June 2018, the Mudgee Rural Crime Investigator attended the same location and observed a male person using the powered operated dredge to mine for gold in the watercourse.
On 26 July 2018, NSW Police again observed the same male person using the dredge in the watercourse unlawfully.
The Meroo River at Avisford is in the Mid-Western Regional Local Government Area and is located approximately 35km west of Mudgee. The river is a perennial watercourse and is a tributary of the Cudgegong River.
A 35-year-old Parkes man has been issued with a $2,500 penalty notice for the offence of “mining or prospecting without authorisation”
A prohibition notice has also been issued to the man ordering him to discontinue illegal fossicking using power operated equipment in NSW.
The Mining Laws
Illegal fossicking and illegal mining are serious offences under the Mining Act 1992 and carry penalties of up to $1.1 million.
Should you observe illegal fossicking or illegal mining please report it to the Resources Regulator on 1300 814 609.
What techniques cannot be used for fossicking?
Neither explosives nor dredges can be used in fossicking.
Power-operated equipment cannot be used on land or in waters for surface disturbance, excavation or processing. Power operated equipment includes mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, battery and electrical equipment or machinery.
If you would like more information about what you can and cannot do in terms of Fossicking in NSW, you will find it here:]…

Trip Talk / Hurrah for the rain
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:27:07 AM »
First fossicking trip for a long time.MinSoc field trip to Oberon area.
Snow on the sides of roads still in some areas.
We get in a creek and showers and then steady rain appear.
Getting soaked is fine as there is no sleet.Leaking wader boot makes interesting digging as the water in the boot is colder than the water in the creek.  ::)
Water flowing down the steep track to the creek finally sends us out of that location.Interesting trip with plenty of mud and some new spots explored.  :)
Oberon area had a tinge of green from melted snow. 
The steady soaking rain will help grass to grow.Still not enough to raise dam levels.

Hope the rest of the drought affected areas get some good rain.  :)

General Discussion / Two fossickers that give the rest a bad name.
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:21:32 PM »
Billabong Blue is a Sapphire Fossicking Park and as such only the gemstones are to be taken when sieving the heap. So you dry sieve them then wet sieve and pick out the goodies.

Two South Australian fossickers took advantage of Bill's good nature and were allowed to take one bucket of dry sieved wash for their grand kids. Bill even gave then some stones for the bucket.

These two individuals proceeded to dry sieve only and during the day cart many buckets of dry sieving gravels to their van. When questioned they abused fossickers and cleared off when the pile of wash ran out about 1pm.

Sadly Bill did not get a chance to personally stop them as he had to go to town for some items to fix the truck's clutch.  From a comment by a camper these to 'gentlemen' did the same caper on another day as well with at least 10 buckets of dry sievings.  >:( >:(

Watch out for two older guys (one very beer bellied in a white van with the Southern Cross painted on the back as well as " South Australian Tourists". Rego XTV900.  2 guys not to be trusted. >:(

 >:( >:( >:(

NB Bill's property when closed was also broken into last year (?) with the occupants of a green ute cleaning out the plant's jig of sapphires and then taking the fossickinhg heap.

Not good times.


General Discussion / Shooting in Torrington S F
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:27:43 PM »
A recent event copied from another forum.

"To the three idiots firing shots whilst myself and my partner and his friend were fossicking in Torro yesterday.. your really something special guys!!!! Don't get me wrong I'm not a complete anti gun person but when I come across such idiots as yourselves it makes me very concerned that anyone would give you a gun licence...thats if yous even have one??? Firing shots at 30 metres is not acceptable!!!! What if my children were in the bush fossicking??? Not to mention I spent nearly an hour and  half trying to finds my children's dog who took off in fright even though I asked you to stop firing so I could put her away but you kept going...

Earth Crystals—Chrysotile Healing CrystalsRecent testing has detected the presence of chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) in the crystals.  The importation of asbestos or goods containing asbestos into Australia is restricted under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (Customs Prohibited Import Regulations).
 What are the hazards?There is a possible risk of consumers accessing the asbestos in these goods. Exposure to airborne asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
 What should consumers do?The ACCC commissioned a scientific risk assessment of products found to contain asbestos.  That risk assessment concluded that the health risk from the use, handling or disposal of these products was much lower than the risk commonly associated with asbestos in building materials, home renovation or industrial exposure to asbestos. The risk assessment concluded that accidental disposal of these products via standard garbage collection would present a negligible risk to garbage workers.  However, environmental protection laws in all states and territories prohibit the disposal of asbestos via standard garbage collection and these products should therefore be taken to an asbestos disposal facility.  Your nearest asbestos disposal facility can be located with the online tool on the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) website ( Consumers should telephone the asbestos disposal facility before taking the double-bagged crystals to the facility, as disposal costs can vary widely.  Consumers should inform the facility that they need to dispose of recalled crystals that contain a very small amount of asbestos.  Earth Crystals are offering a refund under the recall of these goods.  Consumers can also ask Earth Crystals to reimburse them for any reasonable disposal costs and they should retain receipts for this purpose.  Consumers should not send these products in the mail. Consumers can also contact the ACCC if there are queries or concerns about disposal.

General Discussion / illegal mining Selwyn Qld
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:25:08 AM »
Found the following article
"A man will appear in Cloncurry Magistrates Court on December 8 after allegedly carrying out illegal mining in North West Queensland
A complainant summons will hear two charges against Campbell Lloyd Patterson, who allegedly carried out illegal gold mining at Star Cross Station, Selwyn.

There is one count of entering or being upon land to carry on mining without being the holder of the relevant authority or being otherwise duly authorised under the Mineral Resources Act or any other Act relating to mining, in contravention of s402(1)(a) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989; and
There is also one count of carrying on mining operations upon or removing mineral or ore from land without being duly authorised under the Mineral Resources Act or any other Act relating to mining, in contravention of s402(1)(d) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989.
The court will hear of an eight month investigation conducted by the Department of Natural Mining and Resources and Queensland Police that saw Mr Patterson mine 54 ounces of gold between November 2016 and February 2017 valued at between $85,000 and $140,000.

Not happy  >:(

Following information from a FB site.

For those who are unaware,all access to Mr Tumbles has been blocked INDEFINITELY. Someone thought they'd be clever by going in with a bulldozer and cutting a new face to rip out all the smokies they could find. Now no-one can get in there.

There goes another area that was offered by a lovely person to fossickers. This spot has also been used with permission as a field trip for Minerama in the past.

 >:( >:( >:(

The NSW Department of Planning, Environment, Resources and Energy (PERE) (new department that incorporates the old Resources and Energy group) has decided to commence an enforcement campaign from September to November 2017 particularly targeting ‘highbanking’ equipment as per below:
Illegal fossicking Recreational fossickers utilising a device known as a ‘highbanker’ to enhance their fossicking capabilities to search for scheduled minerals has been identified as an emerging issue. The use of a highbanker, which is a petrol or electric powered device, in fossicking, is prohibited by the Mining Regulation 2016. These products are being commercially produced by multiple manufacturers to meet market demand. This unlawful activity results in a number of environmental issues. A compliance campaign with be carried out focusing on suppliers and end users of the equipment.
The full compliance document can be found here: "

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General Discussion / July Mineral Society of NSW news letter
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:29:33 PM »
July Mineral Society of NSW news letter on[size=0pt] website at [/size]

 Just got the following from Sharyn :

If you are free and you would like to attend, on the 10th June we are having a balloon release at the cemetery for Paul’s 60th birthday at 2pm, followed by cake and drinks at home.
You can pass this invite (if you think it appropriate you could put it on ALF) on to anyone who would like to attend. Alternatively if people can’t attend and would like to do their own release could you please ask them to take a photo or video and post it on Paul’s fb or email to me   
Thanks Sharyn

Trip Talk / Heading north again.
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:29:15 PM »
4WD and trailer are packed so heading slowly north tomorrow.

Final turn around spot will be Agate Ck again with various point in between here and there.  ;D

Back by the 6th of July.

Say Hi if you spot me.


General Discussion / fossicking permits and fools
« on: February 18, 2017, 07:44:04 PM »
Got a bit steamed by comments about fossicking permits on another site.
The humid weather does not help.  ::)

In a discussion as to are they necessary, for Qld and why, one guy responded with:
 'If you have one then you have to obey by those rules, play dumb its a lot safer.'

That does not look good for how fossickers are perceived. As people with no regard to any laws in place or any regard for National parks or private land.

The permits whether they have to be paid for or free as in some states also gives us as fossickers rights and legal standing.

We get enough flack from extreme greens and people who disregard social rules of behaviour.

End of steam.

Gave a polite response:
"The cost of a fossicking permit is tiny. The number of permits also tells the authority the number of people that are interested in fossicking as a recreation and not to close areas to fossicking but open more up. The rules are still enforceable whether you have a permit or not.  Same goes for driving i.e. car licences and rego. So do not be a penny pincher who tarnishes the reputation of the fossicking community."

Fossicking Locations / interesting video link on Sapphires in Australia
« on: February 15, 2017, 07:41:10 AM »
Even shows Billabong Blue and Lava Plains

Click on link

 Blaxland Gem & Mineral Club Gem Show
 August 19th and 20th 2017
 Displays of lapidary work and gem, mineral and crystal sales.
 Refreshments available.
 Glenbrook Community Hall
 Great Western Highway, Glenbrook, NSW
 (Next to Glenbrook Theatre) Just west of Information Centre.
 8 am to 4 pm Daily
 Entry: Adults: $3    Children $1

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