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NSW Fossicking Districts
« on: January 01, 2017, 17:37 »
I've searched high and low for a list of the current fossicking districts in NSW.  Can anyone point out where I can find such, preferably a link, please.  
I know how to show fossicking district areas on Minview but really just want a list/source that I can go to find out the new ones etc. .

There have been a number of recent news articles about LGAs considering or agreeing to become fossicking districts - lots of thanks to NAPFA on this.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2017, 21:25 »
Do we have something in Resources? It rings a bell.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 22:53 »
No.  I've done a general search for the terms "fossicking districts" and also looked in the Resources Section.  

But I too also recall something on this forum,  Since my original post I've seen a fairly recent list on another forum but wanted the ability to look directly myself rather than rely on others. 
I might contact the OP on the other forum.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 07:27 »
http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/363544/A-Guide-to-Fossicking-in-New-South-Wales.PDF
I recall from many moons ago that there used to be "Designated Fossicking Areas" in NSW but I have a suspicion that the greens pulled the signs down wherever they located them. In any case I have not seen any  sign posted designated Areas for a long time now.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 09:22 »
Thanks Adrian.  I had looked in that publication too and even went to the legislation.  The areas are supposed to be Gazetted.  The Gazette section on the internet is not user friendly for text search.  A compiled list would be somewhere "official" I would hope like regulations or current Acts.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2017, 09:38 »
Just saw this one,
Doug stone does a big series of maps on areas open to the public.
Not saying buy em, but it could be a good hint as to the areas to look at.
Once you have the area's sorted a couple quick phone calls to the local councils and you should have a pretty decent list.

That or the closest detecting shop will normally help you out, but you should drop in as they will probably have maps etc on the counter.
Lastly, I find a quick schooner or two and countery at the local in some areas can provide a lot of great knowledge.
Hope that helps mate.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 11:24 »
Yeah, thanks.  I meant to finish this topic off but got caught up.  Here is some info I gathered from a member of another forum (mbasko)
There is no easy answer to the formal gazetted Fossicking Districts but Minview has a layer that can be activated to show the districts.  I really wanted a link to the metadata behind the Minview layer.

The attachments below are by kind permission of mbasko who did all the work.

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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2017, 15:09 »
Should theses two links be added to any Nsw posts on our Resource section?
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 16:42 »
Yes thanks Rwork.  I think that'd be good and it would be at least interesting if not useful for members.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 19:50 »
Dan ,

Found this site a while ago

http://fossicking.daruthe.com/fossicking.php?type=mineral&id=1

Or

http://www.prospectinglocations.com

It appears to cover all aspects of Fossicking ?
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 20:49 »
I have added all 4 links.
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Re: NSW Fossicking Districts
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 21:40 »
Yeah - thanks guys.

The significance of gazetted fossicking areas (as compared to where you can go to fossick) is that you do not need to gain permission (apart from landowner if applicable) from exploration lease companies.

Here is an extract from the latest NAPFA newsletter (1/9/2016) about this.
2. NAPFA wins new Fossicking Districts in NSW 
Since our last newsletter we are happy to report that four new LGA Fossicking Districts have been gazetted – the first new ones since 2001. 
These are Narrabri, Cootamundra, Upper Lachlan and Guyra. Bathurst and Walcha have also been approved will be gazetted any day now. 
Temora, Mid-West, Tumut and Snowy River are ‘interested’ but awaiting council amalgamation settlement before final commitment. 
The Department of Resources and Energy say this brings the area covered by fossicking districts in NSW to 8.8% of the area of NSW. This compares favourably with mining Exploration Leases which cover around 10% of the state. 
This means that you can fossick in these areas without the permission of mining company Exploration Lease holders. You still need permission of land owners. 
NAPFA is continuing to lobby to further increase the number of Fossicking Districts which support NSW regional ‘geo-tourism’ and local economies by making it simpler for us to go out there and fossick. 
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