The NSW and ACT Prospectors
and Fossickers Association Inc (NAPFA) was formed in December 2012 to improve
fossicking access to public land on behalf of all prospectors and fossickers in
for fairer access to land in NSW and represents the interests of prospectors
Our goals are consistent with similar associations around the country, and promote prospecting and fossicking for minerals (especially gold) and gemstones; as well as for coins and relics
Our goals are consistent with similar associations around the country, and
promote prospecting and fossicking for minerals (especially gold) and
gemstones; as well as for coins and relics.
NAPFA is actively involved in educating the public
to the importance that prospectors have played in the past to building our
great nation and for maintaining our future lifestyle by the discovery of
NAPFA is a peak industry group in NSW, and is well
recognised nationally as a key player in the prospecting and fossicking
industries for representing our needs to Government.
Our continued work has
paid off. Recent developments are:
DISTRICTS- NAPFA’s initiative to create more
Fossicking Districts and ongoing lobbying of Local Governments has now added
40% more Fossicking Districts to NSW in 2 years, and we haven't finished
FOSSICKING in NSW
PARKS - For
the first time in history fossicking is no longer simply banned, and is now included
in their state policy. This allows future application in parks not specifically
restricting fossicking, and for us to submit applications.
HIGH BANKING and
POWERED EQUIPMENT- The Division of Resources
& Geoscience (DRG) have attempted to ban high-bankers and pumps since 2014.
NAPFA’s work has pushed this out until now, even past the attempt to enforce
the ban in the field in 2017 by the Resources regulator.
We don’t replace clubs, internet forums, or Facebook
pages, just as they don’t replace us.
However, as a specialised body, we present a strong, professional and
focussed presence on improving our rights as fossickers in NSW and make the
The volunteer Committee works hard for your cause, and
to do this we need the support of all prospectors and fossickers operating in
NSW and the ACT, as many competing interests threaten to impact our activities
if we are not there to represent our members.
NAPFA is an honorary and voluntary organisation.
Don’t sit on the fence with these important issues. If you want better access,
rights and conditions, you need to fight for them. With your help, new areas
will become available so more nuggets, gems, minerals and fossils can be found!
Join the rebellion today!