NAPFA makes submissions on matters of interest to the NSW and ACT Fossicking Community. The purpose of these is to highlight the changes that are needed in NSW and to seek fairer access for prospectors and fossickers..
August 21, 2017 - VEAC Central West Investigation
This submission supports the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV) campaign against more national park exclusions in Victoria's fossicking areas.
August 14 - Submission into Plan of Management Review of Cottan-Bimbang, Cells SCA and National Parks
This submission states the case to enable recreational fossicking in these National Park managed lands.
May, 2017 - Submission to support Regulation changes to allow highbanking
This detailed document addresses all of the concerns of the department about highbanking and proposes sensible compromises.
May 19, 2017 - Submission on Plan of Management for Sturt National Park
This document argues that there are areas of Sturt National Park that could be opened to fossicking as a way to boost local tourism and provide additional fossicking locations in the area.
May 15, 2017 - Submission into review of Travelling Stock Routes
This document outlines the opportunities and benefits of enabling fossickers to more freely access Travelling Stock Routes across NSW.
Nov 2016 - Submission on Plan of Management for Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
This document seeks NPWS consent to fossick in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. In response to Draft Plan of Management, released August 2016.
May 2016 - Comments on Draft NSW National Parks Policy on fossicking
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This detailed document responds to the draft Fossicking policy put out for consultation by NSW National Parks. NAPFA has been working with NPWS for almost three years to bring about the formation of this draft policy. See
June 2015 - Sluicing paper to Department of Resources and Energy
This detailed document argues that use of small scale motorised equipment (such as high-bankers) should be within the scope of the current 2010 regulations.
September 26, 2014 -- EL requirement for fossickers
NAPFA met with the NSW Minister for Resources
and Energy, Anthony Roberts, on Friday 26 of September to argue for the removal
of the current requirement in the Mining Act for recreational fossickers to
require the permission of Exploration Lease holders prior to fossicking in
areas that are not Fossicking Districts.
NAPFA provided comprehensive comments this month to the NSW Crown Lands Legislation White Paper about matters that are of
concern to our members and indeed all fossickers in NSW.
The White Paper sets out a range of
intended changes in the way that Crown Land is managed in NSW.
By way of background, Crown Land in NSW
covers 33 million hectares or 42 per cent of the state. It does not
include national parks and state forests. Around 30 million hectares is in the
Western Division of NSW which incorporates around 6,500 Western Lands Leases.
Town Commons are also included.
The changes seek to simplify the
management of Crown Land in NSW and to make sure that a modernised approach to
Crown Lands continue to benefit the people of NSW.
However, NAPFA identified a number of
important risks which included:
- additional ownership rights to Western Lease
holders – which could make access by fossickers to these areas even more
difficult than at present;
- potential to get rid of Town Commons – which
could have a detrimental impact on access in places like Hill End,
Tibooburra and Stuart Town just to name a few;
- more involvement by local councils who could
act parochially and limit access.
Our 10 page submission went
into detail about these matters, and highlighted some of the potential economic
benefits for regional areas from fossicking tourism.
At some point the NSW government
will make all the submissions public, at which time we will provide a link to
the full document.
It was pleasing that a number of
other fossickers put in individual submissions to let the powers that be know
how people feel.
PS: If you are not a member of NAPFA -- please consider joining as we are
working to improve things for you.
Submission to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into tourism in local communities.
Our submission was made on 1 July 2013. On August 3, NAPFA was invited as a witness to the hearing. See Page 56 of the unedited transcrpt:
Further details about the inquiry's progress will be posted here when they are known.
Submission to NSW National Parks about Tuena-Crookwell State Conservation Area Plan of Management.
Our submission was made on 24 February 2013.
Status - we are meeting with NSW NP in October to discuss what might be possible.
Submission to the Victorian Environment Assessment Council Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks.
Our submission was made on 8 February.
Status: The investigation has reported back.
The Victorian Government has yet to respond to the investigation. However the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria PMAV) is not happy with the VEAC report on the grounds that it attempts to wind back prospector rights and does not adequately address prospector needs.