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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:]https://fpos.fcnsw.com.au/A-Guide-to-Fossicking-in-New-Sout…
« Last Edit: August 30, 2018, 07:17:53 PM by Jimnyjerry »
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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 05:05:54 AM »
Good to see jimmyjerry. Maybe some of the wreckers and wreakers of environmental havoc will pull their heads in at long last.
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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 07:12:12 PM »
 Serves him right, it's idiot's like that , who ruin, for everyone else

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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 07:57:08 PM »
$2500 hope they tack on a couple of zeros, otherwise that's an incentive not a deterrent.

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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2018, 07:29:29 AM »
You should have seen the number of posts from rednecks supporting the idiot.  They should have confiscated his dredge and means by which it was placed there as well.

If he stole more than $2500 in gold, he's still made a profit.
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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 12:49:48 PM »
There are many Dredgers still out there. 100's of them working..What we need is more 'Enforcement' of the rules and Massive fines and loss of all equipment connected with the offence.... You can still buy them at some Prospecting supply stores.... ::)

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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 06:11:52 PM »
You should have seen the number of posts from rednecks supporting the idiot.  They should have confiscated his dredge and means by which it was placed there as well.

If he stole more than $2500 in gold, he's still made a profit.

It was weird that the first people to catch him were fishing inspectors - those guys take no prisoners if you do the wrong thing with fishing but they didnt do anything about this beyond report it to the police who then sat on it for ages.  If you do the wrong thing with fishing, there are really big fines, they confiscate stuff and they really dont muck about.  I can understand that it is not their jurisdiction but the amount of time it took to eventually get this bloke was unbelievable.

Lack of enforcement is the main problem here.

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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 06:47:26 PM »
Spot on Leah, there is a 'want' to catch these fellows, Not too many have that Want drive in them other than Fisheries.... Perhaps its all the paper-work they need to do to prosecute Someone....

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Re: Meroo River dredger caught
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2018, 06:04:30 PM »
Hi Gemster,

It is probably more like the Fishing Inspectors don't have law enforcement powers outside their role as fishing inspectors.  Ay attempt to have a go at the dredgers would have resulted in the dredgers walking away scott free. 

It's a shame they didn't go t the mining warden first.

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