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Native Dog Ck in Essington SF near Oberon closed to fossicking
Seems they found some booroolong frogs
https://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/about/releases/2019/booroolong-frog-far-from-croaking-on-essington-state-forest
Can zoom in on this map link https://fcnsw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=db08e563e1b6403fabde1ce901389fa2 

or look below



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Fossicking Locations / Highland Home selling
« on: December 01, 2020, 05:50:32 PM »

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Fossicking Locations / Kinggate subdivided and sold off
« on: December 01, 2020, 04:47:47 PM »
Kingsgate Mine area has been subdivided and mostly sold off. Most cannot be built on past a shed. There is also a video See https://www.realestate.com.au/property-lifestyle-nsw-red+range-700108770?fbclid=IwAR1XnGFpBeeqosB5PqP-hUsfU9_MMlnmnhHiPkInN_YzDiZBtFu4SnnNjwA 

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General Discussion / No fossicking for at least 2 to 3 months for me
« on: June 10, 2020, 12:10:35 PM »
How do you get carried by a mixture of 9 strong Firemen, Police Rescue and Ambulance guys and girls?

 Answer is fall about 3 metres off a ladder. Pity I cannot remember that.
 PS the ladder was not harmed or moved by the fall. One powered reciprocating saw how ever was not as lucky.

Back home now after 3 days in Hospital. 
Will be at least 8 weeks before every thing mends: 3 ribs twice each and a skull bleed.
The "boss" will be keeping a close eye on me so I should be right.

So no fossicking probably till next year at Agate Ck were I should be safer.  ;D
To all the gals and guys who cannot get out fossicking because of restrictions - please keep safe.
To those that can get out and fossick - have fun.
 beers Jerry

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Facetors can still work on. My lapidary club is closed so limited to sorting rocks, repacking and very slow polishing of small pieces.
Here are some of the agates I need to sort into cutable etc.
Going to miss digging and losing weight in winter in FN Qld. There is always next year.  ;D
They got forgotten in the shed when I had a few overseas trips to also fit in.Only the ants remembered where the bags were.
 beers Jerry

and rest of tray




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From a face book page
March 19 at 2:34 PMGot told by outback prospecting  shop in Clermont that after this weekend all the Clermont gold prospecting GPAs will be closed while Corona virus because the town is small and dont have enough doctors or supplies for sick people.
 lucky we came this week lady at the store said they had a town meeting and make there final decision about closing it this weekend

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From Dot and Dave who own the Agate Creek Camp Ground and Old Robin Hood Station, so nearest camping would be Cobold Gorge as not allowed on the fossicking area


We wish to advise ‘Agate Creek Camping Ground’ will be closed as of the 30th March due to the severe health issues currently facing our Country.
 We thank-you for your understanding & look forward to seeing you again in 2021

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New threat to fossicking locations in SF in Oberon Bathurst area ie no access as well as other sell offs  see link
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/27/nsw-poised-to-privatise-state-forests-to-raise-1bn-for-infrastructure-projects?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco&fbclid=IwAR3PZrthZkA3qCsbZl7iyc_yA-b6FUHpbDik-Tnr5vwHYZdQzqHb0CC7WDM Not happy.  This sort of thing has been thought about by previous state governments

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Remember what happened to mining leases in Rubyvale area
Queensland landholders are afraid that new government mapping could lock up their land and force them to stop farming and grazing.
The protected plants flora survey trigger map identifies "high-risk" areas where endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened plant species are present or likely to be present.
see

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-06-22/flora-survey-trigger-map-prompts-backlash-from-landholders/11235884?fbclid=IwAR25Hy93eY_6mIEzTLojzTpkx_C2aIRE_G_2Fq89BgR3jtkTSXzYf7ijv3A

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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:]https://fpos.fcnsw.com.au/A-Guide-to-Fossicking-in-New-Sout…

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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.  :)



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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.

 :(

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

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"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...

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