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1 week ago

PMAV

The PMAV consists of 8 branches within Victoria. They are made up of dedicated volunteer committee members who organise social catchups and field trip days as well as giving up much of their valuable time to help members and our fight.
We thank them all.
Contact your local branch, they are very welcoming to new members and can help you become a better prospector.

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2 weeks ago

PMAV

Even though Victoria is currently locked out from our other States; thats probably a good thing. More gold to find in Regional Victoria ⛏⛏ ...

3 weeks ago

PMAV

To all our members and their families, have a safe and Happy New Year.
Let us hope 2021 is better for all of us.
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To all our members and their families, have a safe and Happy New Year. 
Let us hope 2021 is better for all of us.

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Happy New Year! Let's hope 2021 is a bit easier. 🍺🍺

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3 weeks ago

PMAV

Years ago QLD abolished the Miners Right and opened the state forests to large mining companies, forestry and some graziers BUT locked the gates to all others, predominantly prospectors!
Please make sure your voice is heard on the QLD premier's weak announcement 'supporting' fossicking (no mention of prospectors?) In the small areas available to prospect in QLD.Have you ever been on a treasure hunt?

Fossicking is a fantastic way to explore Queensland's natural beauty, and you might find gemstones such as sapphires or opals, or even gold nuggets.

To get started, you just need a fossicking licence. Starting at $8.65, they're available online along with maps of fossicking areas: bit.ly/3rjRu0N
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Years ago QLD abolished the Miners Right and opened the state forests to large mining companies, forestry and some graziers BUT locked the gates to all others, predominantly prospectors!
Please make sure your voice is heard on the QLD premiers weak announcement supporting fossicking (no mention of prospectors?) In the small areas available to prospect in QLD.

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There is no such thing as ‘prospecting’ in the legislation any more. It’s all been classified as ‘fossicking’. The meaning was removed when they abolished the Miner’s Right.

I moved to another state because Qld has very few areas to fossick/prospect and also the rules and restrictions are unreasonable. A licence to fossick in Qld costs the same for a year as it does for 10 years in vic(approximately). And also many of the designated areas in Qld dont allow camping.

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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