Fossicking now allowed in the Cells State Conservation Area!
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have finally adopted
a management plan for the Cottan-Bimbang National Park, which enclose the
Cells State Conservation Area.
NAPFA are pleased to announce to members that the Cells State
Conservation Area now has fossicking approval for the use of metal detectors
NAPFA has worked on this since 2017 and a special thanks must go
to Steve Dangaard (past President) for the lobbying effort to get the original
research and submission completed.
NAPFA stresses that all
prospectors must do the right thing!
Some people will not be
happy about this decision and will look for any evidence to knock back
fossicking the next time the plan comes up for review, and use it against
our requests and lobbying for fossicking access in other areas of interest.
NPWS have stated in the plan:
follow the low impact requirements of the Mining Regulation 2016 and the NPWS
Fossicking policy (OEH 2018). NPWS will monitor any environmental impacts
caused by this recreational activity and have stated in the plan that they may
not provide consent if adverse impacts are detected."
read the section on fossicking on page 25 of the management plan below:
NAPFA's 2017 submission:
Hill End Historic Site Plan
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking feedback on the draft plan of management for the Hill End Historic Site.
The review was last held in 2012, so it is critical for fossickers who use the area to have input. NAPFA have submitted to the past plan and contributed a lot of lobbying since 2013 on a range of issues. Please read the document and register for a letter you can use to make a submission:
NAPFA's submission to the plan:
Recently NAPFA has been requested by members
to clarify the situation at Tambaroora for access and permit to Fossick in
NAPFA has contacted both the Chair of the Tambaroora Common Trust
and Crown Lands in Orange and can confirm the following:
Fossicking now allowed in the Nuggetty State Conservation Area!
Welcome to 'NAPFA News' for latest updates.
Members please note that due to ongoing work on the sluicing issue, NAPFA will not be publicly releasing all of its information. Members will be provided with the latest updates on this issue in the NAPFA NEWS and other email updates sent directly to members. The list of newsletters is:
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For information about sluicing and highbanking see NAPFA Submissions section.
Members' Update December 22, 2017
November 11, 2017 -- AGM Information pack
Invitation and detail of the 2017 Annual General Meeting at Wattle Flat 11,12 November. Previously published under AGM notices and sent to members by email and hard-copy.
October 16, 2017 - Monga State Conservation Area Plan of Management
Also in 'Submissions' Section.
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.
August 12, 2017 -- Member update
August 7, 2017 -- Letter to members warning about compliance activity on highbanking
Previously published in "Sluicing - Highbanking Section." Was also emailed to members.
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.
May 1, 2017 -- Member update (membership draw information)
April 1, 2017 --- Member update
September 1, 2016 -- Member update
April 28, 2016 -- Member update
March 22, 2016 --- Member update
February 22, 2016 --- Member update
The winner of the 2016 NAPFA renewal
draw for an SDC2300 is Darren Francis from NSW, Member 130.
You will be receiving your new
membership card and receipt for the renewal soon.
January 6, 2016 -- Member update
December 22, 2015, AGM Minutes
November 25, 2015, Report back on AGM Newsletter
October 2, 2015, Notice of 2015 AGM
September 20, 2015 Newsletter
March 21, 2015 - NSW Election analysis - what's a good vote for fossickers
January 10, 2015 - Member Email Update and AGM notice
October 21, 2014 - Member Email update
September 26, 2014 - Member Email update
Vol 2, Issue 2 -- 22/7/2014
Vol 2, Issue 1 - 14/3/2014
Vol 1, Issue 6 - 1/12/2013
Vol 1, Issue 5 - 10/8/2013
Vol 1, Issue 4 - 21/6/2013
Vol 1, Issue 3 - 23/4/2013
Vol 1, Issue 2 - 28/2/2013
Vol 1, Issue 1 - 24/1/2013
NAPFA In the News
Sun Herald 21 July, 2013
Minelab Times 32, November, 2012