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Detector use in Mackay Qld
« on: April 22, 2015, 13:12 »
Just got an email from the local council. No metal detecting allowed in council owned parks or reserves due to digging creating possible ruts and holes that may endanger visitors. Beach detecting is all good as long as you fill in holes and don't annoy others.
Thought it may be handy for any visitors to the area. Dan

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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2015, 13:39 »
Thanks   :'(
I think this "policy" would be the ideal of all councils,but it won't stop people doing it   >:D  right or wrong.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2015, 14:31 »
I don't think the metal detecting is the problem, just the holes some people leave.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2015, 06:38 »
I tend to agree it wont stop people. I know a few very likely looking park areas very close to me that I want to look at. Without causing damage of course.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2015, 07:11 »
When a number of people start to contact the councils directly then it gets in the minds of the councils.  For years MD was a below the radar hobby that most councils or gvmt bodies weren't aware of.  I feel this banning action will escalate as more councils are being made aware of the hobby.  Its a 2 edged sword and I can see the arguments on both sides re informing and not informing.  Personally I draw little attention to myself when I'm out in the field.  Most gvmt agencies are so risk adverse they will always say no if asked.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2015, 07:46 »
Good point there. I doubt if many council field workers would actually have much of an idea of the rules etc anyhow.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2015, 08:36 »
I don't think the metal detecting is the problem, just the holes some people leave.

YES - I was detecting OUTSIDE on the foot path of a local school and the grounds keeper came up to me with this attitude which I gave back right or wrong about people leaving holes in the school grounds.

I think that WE ALL have been guilty of this at one time or another which is starting to catch up to the detecting society,hopefully by the time it comes full circle I will be too old to swing baby   :P 

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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2015, 16:30 »
I had the same experience outside a school. The Caretaker has no control over the footpath area, but I just walked away, rather than get into an argument, which I certainly would have lost.

Went  back the next day, & a couple of Council guys asked me if I had found much.......just goes to show.

As Kenny Rogers sang "Know when to walk away"    ;)

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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2015, 17:27 »
Dutchy gave me this advice when I restarted MDing... and its now my goal as well - Don't stand out, don't draw attention.  For myself, if I see people watching, I wave, 99% of the time, they wave back(by instinct) :) , and I go
about my business and they there's. The remaining 1% will see that as an invite to come over and have a chat :)

As everyone would agree, its the holes that people don't re-fill and the leaving of trash around. My goal is leave a site,
so you can't tell that I've been there, ie: no messy fill hole, just neat plugs/slices.


Personally I draw little attention to myself when I'm out in the field.  Most gvmt agencies are so risk adverse they will always say no if asked.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2015, 18:06 »
Dutchy gave me this advice when I restarted MDing... and its now my goal as well - Don't stand out, don't draw attention.  For myself, if I see people watching, I wave, 99% of the time, they wave back(by instinct) :) , and I go
about my business and they there's. The remaining 1% will see that as an invite to come over and have a chat :)

As everyone would agree, its the holes that people don't re-fill and the leaving of trash around. My goal is leave a site,
so you can't tell that I've been there, ie: no messy fill hole, just neat plugs/slices.

If it never looks like you've been there it's definitely not a problem. Don't hide but don't be conspicuous. If it doesn't look like you doing anything wrong your probably not. 
Enjoy yourself whitedingo001 and do the right thing by yourself and every other detectorist.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2015, 20:28 »
I took the challenge , when someone call council saying there was a detector person digging up the park , Police even came , armed with just a screwdriver I showed them both there and then how I retrieved my targets. They were both amazed that there was no damage what so ever to the park grounds and I was given the green light to continue 

Just make a point of showing them how good you are at retrieving any target without soil/grass damage and they will give you the green light 
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2015, 21:11 »
Marty....it would all be good if everyone only ever used a screwdriver.

I had the same experience as you years ago.
I was just in the process of retrieving a target when I saw a dude actually running towards me.
He told me that he was from the council and that they'd had a report of me digging up the park...and all the while I'm trying to lever the target up from amongst the couch grass roots.
Up pops a screw cap and the penny dropped.
"Is that all you've been doing?" he asks.
I tell him yes and if he doesn't believe me then show me where I've been digging....end of argument.  
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2015, 17:03 »
Where possible I avoid digging holes anywhere in a public place. If I need to I try to leave no sign that I was there. Going out after dark helps a bit too. Annoy nobody and lay low is my motto.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2015, 17:29 »
Howdy,
 The one instance I have been approached I stopped digging and had a chat and found out why he had the attitude he had. Seems someone had been  there previously and had " dug bloody great holes." I didn't  point out that you couldn't see them now but just packed up without argument. This person then gave me some info about other nearby places to dig, one of  which has yielded some nice silvers. As to digging in parks, I,m sorry but no one leaves absolutely no trace of their activities, unless things go very right as to ground conditions etc, but I do try to be as neat as possible and always take rubbish with me. One other thing I watch is the  weather. I prefer a forecast where rain is, at the most 48hrs away, so that my plugs get watered and have a better chance of surviving. Coz I am blessed with being close to land and beach sites so that helps. 
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2018, 00:54 »
hi guys i live in mackay and am wanting to know if you know if there is a metal detecting club here? hard pressed to find anybody to go out digging with.
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Re: Detector use in Mackay Qld
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2018, 06:44 »
hi guys i live in mackay and am wanting to know if you know if there is a metal detecting club here? hard pressed to find anybody to go out digging with.
Hi Mate,
CQdetectorists has just started Down rocky way.

We have had 2 meetings and on the 24th of this month we are going to calliope for the weekend. Welcome to come down.

Most communication is via facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/144790192850066/
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Over 20 members already and the papers are in for incorporation so we will be all official.

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