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2 hours ago

PMAV

Good video to remind people what the PMAV stands for.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxgaQeSPPMg&list=PLgvnP7t0rM49LciYExjE-lYSpSD_c9Wp4&index=1&t=13s
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Good video to remind people what the PMAV stands for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxgaQeSPPMg&list=PLgvnP7t0rM49LciYExjE-lYSpSD_c9Wp4&index=1&t=13s

2 days ago

PMAV

CLOSING 21st April last chance to register for the link to compete the MINELAB sponsored, prospecting survey.
Go in the draw to WIN a NOX800 or Goldmonster!
* Click below and register..it will send you the survey link in 1-2 days, takes 5min to complete and BINGO you are now in a draw for a detector, all whilst helping keep the goldfields open!!
Winner winner chicken dinner!
actionsurveys.com.au/index.php/478747?newtest=Y&lang=en
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CLOSING 21st April last chance to register for the link to compete the MINELAB sponsored, prospecting survey. 
Go in the draw to WIN a NOX800 or Goldmonster!
* Click below and register..it will send you the survey link in 1-2 days, takes 5min to complete and BINGO you are now in a draw for a detector, all whilst helping keep the goldfields open!! 
Winner winner chicken dinner!
https://actionsurveys.com.au/index.php/478747?newtest=Y&lang=en

4 days ago

PMAV

The PMAV work on the goodwill of our sponsors and dedication of our members.
We are up against well paid (taxpayer dollars) organisations like the VNPA, VEAC, even 'environmental pop-up groups' which have full time staff to chase grants and funding.
Our primary objective is to fight for the rights of prospectors and small scale miners to have continuing access to public land.
Our funds are now close to depletion and we will be contacting the many suppliers, some of which support us already and some who do not and asking for their greater support.
All donations and memberships are tax-deductible, yet many small scale miners and some suppliers are not even members, benefitting from our political lobbying and presence in the community.
If a retired prospector in a caravan, living day-to-day can support us, why cannot an operating miner or a supplier who benefits from this accessible land and current gold rush? Food for thought.

Remember, the head PMAV committee and all the committees of the 8 branches are not paid staff, we are all volunteers.
Last year all sponsorship was basically non-existent, with no AGM auction to increase our funds.. luckily our members stood up.
As an example - In the last 2 years we have used over $50,000 for economic reports and advertising to battle the fairy-tales which seem to be the norm for Green groups in their pursuit to lock us out.
It has worked with the cessation of the 77,000Ha proposed lock-up of the Wombat region near Ballarat. TBA

If you would like to be a partner or corporate sponsor, please contact us at pmav@pmav.org.au to discuss.
If you would like to join or renew your membership or donate pmav.org.au/join-pmav/ or contact us pmav@pmav.org.au or 0401 593 829 (Jim) -his Birthday today!
The PMAV is always available to assist any small scale miner or prospector who has an issue and again I thank all our sponsors and members for your ongoing financial support.
Regards
Jason Cornish VP PMAV
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The PMAV work on the goodwill of our sponsors and dedication of our members. 
We are up against well paid (taxpayer dollars) organisations like the VNPA, VEAC, even environmental pop-up groups which have full time staff to chase grants and funding. 
Our primary objective is to fight for the rights of prospectors and small scale miners to have continuing access to public land.
Our funds are now close to depletion and we will be contacting the many suppliers, some of which support us already and some who do not and asking for their greater support.
All donations and memberships are tax-deductible, yet many small scale miners and some suppliers are not even members, benefitting from our political lobbying and presence in the community. 
If a retired prospector in a caravan, living day-to-day can support us, why cannot an operating miner or a supplier who benefits from this accessible land and current gold rush? Food for thought.

Remember, the head PMAV committee and all the committees of the 8 branches are not paid staff, we are all volunteers.
Last year all sponsorship was basically non-existent, with no AGM auction to increase our funds.. luckily our members stood up.
As an example  - In the last 2 years we have used over $50,000 for economic reports and advertising to battle the fairy-tales which seem to be the norm for Green groups in their pursuit to lock us out. 
It has worked  with the cessation of the 77,000Ha proposed lock-up of the Wombat region near Ballarat. TBA

If you would like to be a partner or corporate sponsor, please contact us at pmav@pmav.org.au to discuss.
If you would like to join or renew your membership or donate https://pmav.org.au/join-pmav/ or contact us pmav@pmav.org.au or 0401 593 829 (Jim) -his Birthday today!
The PMAV is always available to assist any small scale miner or prospector who has an issue and again I thank all our sponsors and members for your ongoing financial support. 
Regards
Jason Cornish VP PMAV

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Hope you had a great birthday Jim

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6 days ago

PMAV

TONIGHT at 7.30pm the PMAV Melbourne Branch will be having their monthly meeting (for members)
* Nunawading Scouts Hall 1 Mark Pl, Nunawading VIC 3131

* Mike Phillips the President will be going through how to use GEOVIC the mapping platform which is important for locating gold bearing ground and creating your own maps.
Please send a message to Mike if you are attending and feel free to bring your laptop. Mike : 0419166493
If you aren't a member yet, join up whilst there and grab a travel or ceramic mug!
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TONIGHT at 7.30pm the PMAV Melbourne Branch will be having their monthly meeting (for members) 
* Nunawading Scouts Hall 1 Mark Pl, Nunawading VIC 3131

* Mike Phillips the President will be going through how to use GEOVIC the mapping platform which is important for locating gold bearing ground and creating your own maps. 
Please send a message to Mike if you are attending and feel free to bring your laptop. Mike : 0419166493
If you arent a member yet, join up whilst there and grab a travel or ceramic mug!

7 days ago

PMAV

WIN a NOX800 or GOLDMONSTER by registering to complete a 5min survey into prospecting in Australia.
Minelab sponsored *
Click link = register for link = 1 or 2 days later a link to survey is sent = 5min later you are in the draw to win detector and have helped keep the Goldfields open for ALL bush users.

actionsurveys.com.au/index.php/478747?newtest=Y&lang=en

* NO they don't keep your personal data, Anonymous data used to combat Green BS lying reports on the value prospecting brings to Australia.
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WIN a NOX800 or GOLDMONSTER by registering to complete a 5min survey into prospecting in Australia.
Minelab sponsored *
Click link = register for link = 1 or 2 days later a link to survey is sent = 5min later you are in the draw to win detector and have helped keep the Goldfields open for ALL bush users.

 https://actionsurveys.com.au/index.php/478747?newtest=Y&lang=en

* NO they dont keep your personal data, Anonymous data used to combat Green BS lying reports on the value prospecting brings to Australia.Image attachment
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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 ‘Jim Stewart 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