The truth about modern prospecting and Miners Rights

Modern prospecting involves the use of a simple gold pan, metal detector or portable sluice (sometimes with a small water pump); digging is done by hand, with a pick and shovel.

It is conducted under the much-cherished Miners Right document.

Historically, prospectors could mine, live on their claim, they could build dams, construct water races, use explosives, and use machinery.

This is no longer the case. Today the Miners Right allows for recreational prospecting using small hand tools only.

Despite what our opponents may cause you to believe, today’s simple river sluices bear absolutely no resemblance to historic, massive and destructive hydraulic sluicing.

Prospecting is a popular and healthy outdoor hobby for people of all ages, and it has a low entry cost. It is discriminatory not to treat this benign recreational activity the same as all others.

These pictures show the true nature of modern prospecting.

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For more information, contact PMAV.
Enquiries: 0408 176 496

The “Proposed” Great Forest National Park

What it means for you!

The Public Land Access Council (PLAC) views the current proposal as an attempt to remove your right of access and recreation to PUBLIC LAND.

We can stop this from happening!

Such an exclusion zone should not be permitted and has far-reaching implications for current users.

Redesignating State Forests as National Parks will result in the following:

Fewer camping areas
Closure of existing camping areas
Closure of existing areas and tracks
Reduction of traditional freedoms
Recreational use limited or denied, for example:
• prospecting
• horse riding
• bee keeping
• hunting
• fishing

• Camping fees
• No pets
• Banning of wood collection for home use
• Private property owners pushed out via permit restrictions to property/land use
• No forestry jobs
• No stocking of fish

Do you want to have a say about your right of access?

You can join our cause with the purpose of “Access for all” by:

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• Becoming a member of the Public Land Access Council (PLAC)
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