The PMAV wishes to extend our warmest thoughts to David, Andrew and Susie Bentley on this day the 15th July 2021, which is the first anniversary of Rita Bentley’s passing.
Rita was for such a long time a guiding influence for the PMAV which now enjoys the incredable benefits we have today.
Her amazing lifetime devotion to fight for our rights to maintain access to our bushlands on behalf of all bush users as well as the members of PMAV.
The PMAV committee going forward will not lose sight of her efforts as a legacy for her marvellous contribution and dedication into the future.

on behalf of the PMAV Committee and it’s Members.

Minelab, with the nationwide assistance of state organisations representing prospectors, compiled the first of its kind, economic report into prospecting within Australia.
With almost $1Billion in GDP and over 5500 full time jobs, governments would do well to remember our contribution to not only the economy, but to the social and mental health benefits many Australian families get from prospecting.

Report Economic Contribution of Recreational Prospecting – Update July 2021

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

4 days ago

PMAV

MORE REGULATIONS AND RESTICTIONS!
This is in DWELP's own words, directly states more regulations and restrictions on their way for ALL bush users.
MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD.
Closes 22nd August 2022
Here is part of their blog. Make your own direct submission at this link engage.vic.gov.au/MRP_Regulations
"Many of the current regulations applying to parks are due to expire on 31 March 2023. The regulations currently applying to metropolitan (AND REGIONAL) parks are outdated and do not benefit from amendments made to the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 made in 2016. In the case of regional parks they are often unregulated for public recreational use.
It is proposed to make new regulations that are modern and fit for purpose for both metropolitan and regional parks. The proposed regulations are outlined in the document below. Your feedback on the draft regulations will help DELWP refine the final regulations to ensure that they reflect the views of Victorians, and include appropriate controls for:
• protecting environmental and cultural values;
• protecting health and safety, including fire risk;
• regulating activities that may or may not be allowed to protect values;
• the conduct of people in parks to minimise the impact on other park users."
More green tape on its way at the expense of bush users and lovers of our Australian lifestyle.
HOW can a government, representing ALL Victorians, restrict certain people from public land?
We are ALL custodians of the bush.
SHARE SHARE SHARE #DontDoITDan #WeWantOurBushBack Bush User Groups United PMAV Geelong PMAV Central Goldfields Branch PMAV Bendigo Branch Prospectors Miners Association Victoria- East Gippsland branch. PMAV Geelong Noticeboard Ballarat P.M.A.V.
...

MORE REGULATIONS AND RESTICTIONS!
This is in DWELPs own words, directly states more regulations and restrictions on their way for ALL bush users.
MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD. 
Closes 22nd August 2022
Here is part of their blog. Make your own direct submission at this link https://engage.vic.gov.au/MRP_Regulations
Many of the current regulations applying to parks are due to expire on 31 March 2023. The regulations currently applying to metropolitan (AND REGIONAL) parks are outdated and do not benefit from amendments made to the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 made in 2016. In the case of regional parks they are often unregulated for public recreational use.
It is proposed to make new regulations that are modern and fit for purpose for both metropolitan and regional parks. The proposed regulations are outlined in the document below. Your feedback on the draft regulations will help DELWP refine the final regulations to ensure that they reflect the views of Victorians, and include appropriate controls for:
• protecting environmental and cultural values;
• protecting health and safety, including fire risk;
• regulating activities that may or may not be allowed to protect values;
• the conduct of people in parks to minimise the impact on other park users.
More green tape on its way at the expense of bush users and lovers of our Australian lifestyle.
HOW can a government, representing ALL Victorians, restrict certain people from public land? 
We are ALL custodians of the bush.
SHARE SHARE SHARE #DontDoITDan #WeWantOurBushBack Bush User Groups United PMAV Geelong PMAV Central Goldfields Branch PMAV Bendigo Branch Prospectors Miners Association Victoria- East Gippsland branch. PMAV Geelong Noticeboard Ballarat P.M.A.V.

Comment on Facebook

Federal government is also a threat, 30% more of the continent to be "preserved" in national parks . That's probably all of the remaining crown land.

This consultation closes 22 August so get on it people!

Can someone post the proposed regs as a pdf, I don't have office apps.

No access to bush, undergrowth incrases dead wood piles up. Then it all goes up in a firestorm destroying everything. Thats climate change for you

Does the government own the land if so does the government work for us????????

Yep and Andrews shonky deal with indigenous activists groups over a 'treaty' will top it all off big time.

Communists at work.

View more comments

1 week ago

PMAV

IT'S RAFFLE TIME
We raising funds for an important cause,Peter Mac Cancer Research!

Up for grabs is 12"x7" exceed NUGGET FINDER COIL for the GPX 6000 RRP $649

Cost:
2 Tickets-1 Gram of Gold
Nuggets or fine gold is acceptable

The Laanecoorie Gold Bash will use the gold to do various activities at the bash. You can find out more about the bash here: www.facebook.com/laanecooriegoldbash/

How to enter:

1)1 Gram of Gold
2) You will receive 2 raffle tickets.
3) send your Gram/s of Gold to
P.O Box 136 Dunolly,Vic 3472 via registered post with your details( name number,email ans address).Once received you will get a confirmation text/ email with your ticket numbers.

You can enter multiple times. with multiple gram's of GOLD

We will draw the prize randomly on a live feed on Sunday 4th September 2022 @ 5pm AEST, so you have plenty of time to enter! Good luck!

PRIZE is:
Xceed 12"x7" coil for a GPX6000

Must be an Australian resident to enter
Coordinator and Committee members are not allowed to enter from the Laanecoorie Gold Bash

Tickets can be purchased from
1)Dijana Hodgson
2)Patrick Mathews
3)Trevor Stevens

Please message the bash page if you prefer a pick up.
The Laanecoorie Gold Bash is not responsible for any lost or stolen items in the mail.

AND A MASSIVE THANKS TO NUGGET FINDER FOR SUPPORTING US AND DONATING COIL'S!
Please share far and wide!!.
Thanks in Advance from Di and the LGB committee
...

Comment on Facebook

How many tickets 🎟 in the draw ?

View more comments

1 week ago

PMAV

The latest edition of the Echo is completed and at the printers. Make sure you have your membership up to date and have marked the option of delivery, snail-mail or email.
Hard copies will be able to be collected from the many prospecting suppliers (Free for members) throughout Victoria once distributed and preferred as postage per member is expensive.
Lucky Strike Gold Coiltek Gold Centre Railway hotel Dunolly Miners Den Australia Gold Ballarat Grappy$ Gold Buyers
Within its 32 pages - Its got a great two-page article on effective prospecting from geologist Andrew Bales The Weekend Prospector
Thanks to David Bentley for all the long hours spent putting this together
www.pmav.org.au to renew or email James Darragh jimd1947@gmail.com
...

The latest edition of the Echo is completed and at the printers. Make sure you have your membership up to date and have marked the option of delivery, snail-mail or email. 
Hard copies will be able to be collected from the many prospecting suppliers (Free for members) throughout Victoria once distributed and preferred as postage per member is expensive.
Lucky Strike Gold Coiltek Gold Centre Railway hotel Dunolly Miners Den Australia Gold Ballarat Grappy$ Gold Buyers 
Within its 32 pages - Its got a great two-page article on effective prospecting from geologist Andrew Bales The Weekend Prospector 
Thanks to David Bentley for all the long hours spent putting this together 
www.pmav.org.au to renew or email James Darragh  jimd1947@gmail.com

Comment on Facebook

What a great magazine, 32 pages filled with stories and information for prospectors and small scale miners. Get your copy now.

Love that front page Jason 🥰😎⛏️⛏️

View more comments

1 week ago

PMAV

...

1 week ago

PMAV

Contact John Garcia President 0409 803 449 for any info ...

Load more

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are well and things are on the improve, now that our COVID-19 restrictions are starting to ease. Particularly those members based in Melbourne. We can only imagine how hard it has been for you with the lock down under such harsh restrictions.

Recently we had the PMAV nominations for the new committee positions for the next 12 months.
I am glad to be able to report to the membership that the current committee has been re -elected for the next 12 months. I thank the old committee for their work and the new committee for putting their hands up to help continue the good work of the PMAV.

I would also like to make particular thanks to the following…
Please click Update from the President 2020 to continue reading.

PMAV’s Rita Bentley awarded Order of Australia Medal!
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognises the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens.
It gives me the greatest of pleasure to announce that the PMAV’s Rita Bentley, has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in this year’s 2020, Queens Birthday Honours List.
This honour was awarded for recognition of Rita’s unselfish, fastidious dedication, determination and support for others. The citation for the award is: “For service to the environment, and to hobby prospecting and small scale mining”
Rita has spent the majority of her life fighting for others and their rights, while still bringing up a young family and co-running their business with husband David Bentley (who was also heavily involved at PMAV). They even found time to operate several gold mines in the late 80’s.
Since 1988, she has played many rolls on the Committee, including approximately 21 years as President, until last year when ill-health forced her into the role as President Emeritus.
in 2006, Rita also stood as an Independent candidate in the Legislative Council Region of Southern Metropolitan at the Victorian state election, again fighting for other’s rights.
in 2015, Rita was awarded the ‘John Winter Memorial Award’ (for excellence and dedication to the PMAV) and made a Life Member.
Most recently, as co-admin at Bush User Groups United she has continued to fight and lobby for the thousands of small miners and prospectors in Victoria and their right to access the Goldfields.
On behalf of the PMAV and the BUGU Admin Team and all its members, we would like to congratulate Rita Bentley on her award for her dedication in helping others.
You truly deserve the Order of Australia.
Well done Rita.

Sad footnote:
Rita passed away on the 15th july 2020.
She will be missed by all of us and the world is a sadder place.

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC)..
Are a biassed organisation whose agenda is the formation of National Parks and the banning of many recreational groups from these locked fire traps.
Prospecting is one activity they want banned from their recent report on the Central West region of Victoria. This is an area of 77,000Ha and includes the Wombat and Lederberg Goldfields. Their report is HERE 
Many communities rely on 4wders, campers, prospectors, hunters, firewood and loggers, small scale miners and many more bush users to economically support their towns and families.
The VEAC report quotes a flawed (possibly fraudulent) economic loss of $270 Million to the Victorian Economy. An independent report commissioned by PMAV has found the true loss is over $2.8 Billion! This report can be accessed by clicking “The Future Use of Public Lands: An Assessment of the Gillespie and Midas Social and Economic Analysis for the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Recommendations for Public Land in Victoria’s Central West.
The PMAV are opposed to the creation of more locked National Parks and ask for a better inclusive forest management system to be adopted.
We are continuing to lobby all Victorian politicians and ask they reject the VEAC report.
Please sign our online Petition (Victorians only/and age) HERE