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Ded Driver
From: West of the Border, WA
Joined: 27 May 2018
Posts: 3,131
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.



Joined: 14 April 2020
Posts: 3
15 April 2020 11:44 am

Is there any update ?..


Ben Digo
From: Rowville, VIC
Joined: 02 September 2018
Posts: 99
16 April 2020 12:06 pm

Maybe everyone is in hibernation due to the Corona lock down!

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.


Big Johno
Joined: 01 November 2019
Posts: 43
15 November 2020 05:49 pm

Good luck taking that advice.
About 12 months ago I knew of a spot on private property in SA mid north and went to the dept of mines to peg a claim for 12 months do do some detecting and light digging etc. They give me those forms and a lot more, along with the costs and time frames associated with the application . Bottom line was approx $12,000. in costs and that doesn't include the bond required after they do a site inspection to determine the environmental impact and formulate a rehabilitation plan that gets your bond back. The time frame discussed was 12 to 24 months and subject native cultural site inspections etc. Get the picture ! not what someone wants to go through to have some fun with their hobby. Easier to spend our tourist dollars in Vic And WA. Likely our SA tourist commission probably doesn't even know how many crow eaters holiday interstate to enjoy their hobby.

Have fun trying, I didn't
cheers johno

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pinfire opals
Joined: 16 February 2019
Posts: 415
24 February 2021 11:46 pm

mbasko wrote:

This form is intended for exploration and mining companies for access. Guaranteed the warden will not let you on any property to metal detect. Thats why there are no forms for fossickers as its a hobby. Anyone putting in one of these notices are not doing it as a hobby. Back in 2000 you could get away with it. Since mining act changed in early 2000s they got rid of the miners right too. This sec 21 is way harder these days you never had to tell them were you were prospecting. Now you do. This form only applies really to people making a living out of exploration or mining. smile


From: Barossa, SA
Joined: 01 February 2019
Posts: 16
05 August 2021 02:46 am

G'Day Shmiff

shmiff wrote:

Hello from the Adelaide Hills.

I'm in the BV, are you still interested in going out for a swing ?

shmiff wrote:

A group letter from a proper association (i.e. official metal detecting club) would be most effective method, especially immediately after the elections when the politicians are looking to make their mark and introduce popular reforms. I said that the letter might be signed by only 100 people but he thought that 100 people would be more than enough to get things happening.

Did you ever get this to happen ?

I'm looking to go out for a swing in SA, VGT or WA before it gets too hot smile
Happy to bring along some of my LIB packs to help power Fridges, Compressors, Pumps, Detectors or anything that needs mobile power.