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NAPFA News

Fossicking now allowed in the Cells State Conservation Area!

NAPFA are pleased to announce to members that the Cells State Conservation Area (SCA) located within the Cottan-Bimbang national Pak now has fossicking approval. Please read the notification and NAPFA stresses that all prospectors must do the right thing!​

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 submissionto the plan:

Tambaroora Access

Recently NAPFA has been requested by members to clarify the situation at Tambaroora for access and permit to Fossick in Tambaroora.

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! 

NAPFA are pleased to announce to members that the Nuggetty State Conservation Area (SCA) now has fossicking approval. Please read the notification and note the number of submissions requesting fossicking which is a big help to get this approval.


NAPFA stresses that all prospectors must do the right thing!​

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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IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY OF THESE NEWSLETTERS PLEASE EMAIL YOUR NAME AND A REQUEST FOR WHICH NEWSLETTERS YOU WANT TO: [email protected]

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

Monga SCA POM.pdf (PDF — 1 MB)

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.

http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/731117/Compliance-priorites-July-December-2017.pdf

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.

SDC2300 winner is.pdf (PDF — 525 KB)

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

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