NSW & ACT Prospectors and Fossickers Association Inc - Fighting to get fairer access for prospectors and fossickers

Sluicing and Highbanking

Due to the popularity of the activity, NAPFA has a keen interest in enabling highbanking as a legitimate activity in NSW. 

A 2010 Regulation change, undertaken without effective consultation with fossickers, and that put highbanking in doubt, was never advertised or enforced either for high banking activities, or for other small scale powered recreational equipment affected. 

This led fossickers to believe it referred to mechanically driven equipment such as crushers, vibratory screens, portable processing plants and the machinery to feed them, in other words industrial scale machinery, not recreational devices.

August 7, 2017 -- Letter to members warning about compliance activity on highbanking

This is a letter for NAPFA members about compliance activity.

August 2017 -- Compliance priorities, NSW Resources Regulator

This link takes you to the recently released compliance document from the NSW Government that targets 'illegal' fossicking.  

NAPFA warns members to be aware of this program.  

NAPFA does not agree that highbanking should be an illegal activity and has been lobbying the department for the past two years for sensible compromises on this issue.


May 2017 -- Second Sluicing paper to Department of Resources and Energy

This detailed document addresses all of the concerns of the department about highbanking and proposes sensible compromises.

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.

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