The Lightning Ridge Miners Association has a band of volunteers who for the last 30 years have operated the LRMA Advisory service.
They are based at lightning ridge NSW home of the famous black opal.
Sign a Petition to save Opal Mining at lightning Ridge Feb 2013
Opal miners are facing government polices that will make opal mining at lightning Ridge unsustainable
government policies including a sunset clause on mining lease,so a time limit would be set on each lease..This would stop opal miners investing in prospecting in new areas.
Increased land owners compensation .This would leave miners at mercy of landowners over access and money.
“Over the past year government has abolished our infrastructure levies so we are no longer able to maintain mining tracks, waste dumps or undertake advanced rehabilitation. At the same time government massively increased security deposits thus discouraging registration of new titles”
This independent panel meets every Saturday morning and the group prices the opal individually and they work out average price estimate of the black opal.
The group does not know who the miner is who owns the opal.
Over the last 5 years the Panel has priced over 10 million dollars of opals.
This is of tremendous help to the miners to gauge value of their opal and to the market condition for black opals.
Membership costs $55.00 per year and one off joining fee $5.50
It is a Non profit organization established in 1966
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1920 Opals Fields Lightning Ridge Opal miners diggings for that precious Black opal
1921 Shears travelling to Bangate Truck bogged Walget road Opal camp 1920s
Windlass above Opal mine Lightening Ridge 1930s
Mail Coach 1906 Opal miners on Opalfields 1910 Three Mile opal camp 1930s
Lightning Ridge 1960s
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