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

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5 days ago

PMAV

VEAC in Victoria must be stopped!
Their deceptive reports are full of fake science and fraudulent economics and gobbled up by city-centric Labor politicians to lock land away from bush users.
Once thought to be a good thing, NP only bring fire and destruction to the once maintained state forest and economic devastation to the regional towns. How can banning prospecting, small scale mining, camping, 4wding, trail and horse riding, hunting, firewood collection and logging help the economy??
Environmentally they have failed dismally, yet Labor continues to dance to the tune of deceptive reports and fake science.
The PMAV will be donating to the upcoming court case to stop VEAC, I hope you can to.
If we don’t fight now and for that we need money, all public access forests will be gone within years.
Join the PMAV pmav.org.au/join-pmav/ or donate at gofund.me/306dec80
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There's a great opportunity now to capitalise on the antigovt feeling in Victoria and sink the boot in. The Opposition needs to come out and offer freedom for all and the disbandment of VEAC and the rescinding of all their decisions based on dodgy facts, which will be most.

Let's just get government and politicians to put their finger out and support prospecting in all crown and national parks, change the bloody policy of locking down our land...

Louise Staley is now the opposition leaders newly appointed shadow minister for roads ect. & she is affected by these kind of closures in her own electorate- she at least is well renowned for speaking up in the Victorian Parliament & trying to make the imbeciles in the university chamber pots a bit more accountable to the average punter.

Too many abbreviations, speak English spell out the names your referring to 🤷‍♂️ I've never heard of veac but I'm sure I don't like what they stand for. Break it down for the un educated on abbreviations and you might get some more people on board.

If the PMAV wants to be genuinely non political, then it must scrutinise all of the parties and their policies. The last time a major VESC recommendation was before parliament, the Liberals voted for it. How about being even handed in this matter

Let's all join...donate...I'm on side...take them to the courtroom...make a difference,..more action..less talk prospecting community...

Paul Landmeter

Victoria belongs to the people of Victoria NOT a political party that has being hired by the people to manage their state in the best interests of the state and it's people. The people own the state forests the people own the parks and parks Victoria are employed to manage the parks for the people to enjoy and use for recreation activities... The parks DO NOT belong to the government of parks Victoria BUT the people...

Hang these terrorists from power poles, telstra rope is reusable, no matter what these retards say.

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2 weeks ago

PMAV

Here is the full report compiled by MINELAB
‘ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF RECREATIONAL PROSPECTING IN AUSTRALIA’
With almost a billion-dollar contribution to the Australian economy, $150M in Victoria alone, shouldn’t we be consulted and considered before locking land up?
Dan Andrews Do you know what Lily D'Ambrosio MP is destroying? Do you know what economic disaster locking land up will bring to regional towns?
Do you care?
#DontDoItDan

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Here is the full report compiled by MINELAB 
‘ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION OF RECREATIONAL PROSPECTING IN AUSTRALIA’
With almost a billion-dollar contribution to the Australian economy, $150M in Victoria alone, shouldn’t we be consulted and considered before locking land up?
Dan Andrews Do you know what Lily DAmbrosio MP is destroying? Do you know what economic disaster locking land up will bring to regional towns?
Do you care?
#DontDoItDan  

https://pmav.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Economic-Contribution-of-Recreational-Prospecting-Update-July-2021.pdf

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Take home message from this Report: (from QLD perspective) * Different Licensing and Permit systems across the States affect the overall economic contribution of the activity, which relates directly to legislated accessibility to mineralised Crown lands. * Queensland, for all our rich untapped alluvial gold resources, the focus of recreational prospectors, sits at third place at $80.4m (pre-COVID 2019 figures), behind Victoria and WA, both States that retain the Miner's Right. * States where Miners Rights are legislated enjoy a greater return to the economy from recreational prospecting than those with only a Fossicking Licence or Permit system. * Queensland is missing out on significant economic benefit because of the lack of legislated access to mineralised Crown lands under the existing Queensland Fossicking Licence system. For those in VIC and WA, the reverse argument is true...States with Fossicking Licences or Permit systems return less economic benefit from this sector because of weak (or absent) Crown land access laws for 'fossickers'. Does your State want to risk losing that by reducing existing Crown land access for prospectors? #goldrush #showmethemoney

You should see the hell Queensland is going through. The only reason it’s as low as it is, is because everything is under lock and key. Victoria, if you can help it, DO NOT let it go the same way Queensland has.

Dans to thick to consult believes he and he’s inept ministers know what they are doing

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3 weeks ago

PMAV

The full economic report will be sent to members and uploaded onto www.pmav.org.au website today.
VEAC and Lily D'ambrosio have now set their sights on a further 80,000Ha after locking away the central west region goldfields.
#WeWantOurBushBack #DontDoItDan
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The full economic report will be sent to members and uploaded onto www.pmav.org.au website today.
VEAC and Lily Dambrosio have now set their sights on a further 80,000Ha after locking away the central west region goldfields.
#WeWantOurBushBack #DontDoItDan

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Hate to say it. It's agenda 2030. New world ORDER. It states. You will have no access to any bushland..all rivers and waterways fenced ( locked). Been slowly creeping in. for years, but cv is helping it come along quicker..😥

If God forbid Andrew's gets re elected, the miner's right itself will disappear, exactly what has already happened in New South Wales and Queensland 😠

Pandering to the the bloody greens as usual

Might sell my detector now before they are worthless,Polititions!#@$%@

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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