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Offline Wossie

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Parks and councils...
« on: May 08, 2017, 19:59 »
I had an opportunity over a BBQ on the weekend to have a long chat to a family friend who oversees a division of municipal Rangers at a major metropolitan council.  I've always been curious as to what they think of metal detectorists so I broached the subject.  One of the more surprising things I found out is that they are a fairly common dealing for the Rangers.  In 4 years detecting I've never seen another detectorist in the parks I've been in although I've seen evidence on 2 occasions of bad detecting practices (holes not filled in and bottle tops lying around).  Apparently they are a relatively common reason for complaints but not for what you might expect.  The complaints relate to detectorists giving people the creeps at night and also making noise at night.  There was also a concern about vegetation damage.  Here I took the time to explain that carefully cut and replaced plugs meant that the place can look untouched and he had a chuckle and a nod when I referred to the damage caused by council mowers doing doughnuts in wet lawns. One interesting scenario him and his Rangers face is dealing with a group of men at night (I won't cast stereotypes here but let's just say they are large built and intimidating in nature).  They spend most of the time fishing but then a few will break off and venture into nearby parks with metal detectors.  Often they won't dig in these areas but can be seen spray painting a small circle on the grass presumably to come back later. Sometimes they just find the paint after the event a bit like crop circles. These guys are sufficiently scary that the Rangers won't confront them directly even if parking in no parking zones and instead call the police.  I was mystified as to use of spray paint and ventured that I thought they must be after goldies as nothing else could really be marked with certainty to justify digging.  These areas I wouldn't dream of detecting as they are high profile parkland however I can imagine they would be littered with modern coinage.  That brought us on to a related topic.  Apparently the Rangers have real issues with people that come out after special events. They will seemingly appear from nowhere with or without detectors picking up lost property often in the middle of the night which results in calls from nearby property owners. He said the amount of stuff found is amazing and the council Rangers hand in wallets etc regularly.  Overall he seemed pretty relaxed about what I described as my detecting behaviours and said he doubted I would ever be asked to leave, and asking people to leave is as about as far as they go. I think those attracting trouble are what you could say "asking for it".   Overall some interesting insights.

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Re: Parks and councils...
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 10:09 »
If in Victoria we have a new set of heritage laws for 2016 that make for very interesting reading on whats about to happen with regards to detecting

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Re: Parks and councils...
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 23:15 »
What changes are happening in Victoria regarding  treasure detecting?
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Re: Parks and councils...
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 21:24 »
Douglas have you got a link to the Vic heritage act?
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Re: Parks and councils...
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2017, 09:31 »
Thanks Douglas. I see it will be all in force by November 2017.
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