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Ded Driver
From: West of the Border, WA
Joined: 27 May 2018
Posts: 2,089
06 February 2019 12:40 am

crap. I feel for you SA people. By comparison in WA we have it real easy!
IM staying here ops

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Joined: 24 October 2019
Posts: 2
25 October 2019 12:23 am

Hi folks,

I guess this post is getting on a bit now, and I hope I'm not out of line by adding to the thread, but I'm really interested to know if anything has happened since your initial revelations.

I'm relatively new to fossicking /prospecting, but I've been quick to realise the frustrations created by the unusual restrictions imposed on fossickers in this particular state. (SA)

You have clearly done your homework Shmiff. I've also been looking into these issues, and have discovered that there is currently ( Oct 2019 ) a cross government "task force" looking into the expansion of public usage of lands bordering state reservoirs.

Warren reservoir, literally bordering the Mt. Crawford fossicking area, has been opened up to a higher level of public access and Mount Bold and South Para are next in line.

It has occurred to me that many reservoirs sit on, or are very near, known historical Goldfields. Therefore, it could be worth petitioning this "task force" to consider adding fossicking to the list of "allowed" activities.

As you've indicated, the benefits of revenue earning through permit issues, increased tourism, inflow to local business and potential recovery of historical artifacts could be put forward to sweeten the proposal of such an inclusion.

I'm really keen to get involved in any kind of activity that would serve to change the position that we are forced to endure in this state and I'm wondering if you have heard anything back from your "contacts" that might indicate movement in this space.


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