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    The Lightning Ridge Miners’ Association Ltd welcomes NSW Government’s Voluntary Surrender Scheme for Western Lands Leases in Lightning Ridge. The NSW Department of Industry released the proposal to buy back opal mining affected land on 25 February 2016. “Lightning Ridge and the surrounding areas is the only place in the world where economic deposits of […]

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  • 2014 IN REVIEW

    We have had a very busy year and have made some progress on a number of fronts. The highlight was NSW Parliament passing the Mining Amendment (Small-Scale Title Compensation) Act 2014 in September 2014. Minister for Resources & Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts, MP achieved what previous Ministers had only promised. The Bill is slated to […]

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    We have some fantastic LRMA merchandise for sale. Hot off the press is a Gray Nicolls cricket hat celebrating 40 years of incorporation for the LRMA @ $30 each. There are caps celebrating Opal – 20 years as Australia’s National Gemstone @ $15 or $12 for members. Bumper stickers supporting the opal industry are $5 each. Stubby […]

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    The LRMA and GGSMA had a positive meeting with the Minister for Resources & Energy, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP, in Sydney on 8 May 2014. This was the first time we had met Minister Roberts and he advised that he was very keen to visit Lightning Ridge to look at our industry first hand. […]

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  • Past and present Presidents, Directors and Secretaries of the LRMA


    Around 150 guests at the LRMA celebration of 40 years of incorporation had an excellent night at Amigo’s Castle last Saturday night 5 April 2014. The LRMA Director’s and office staff did an amazing job creating a fantastic atmosphere with lights, candles and balloons. Every guest received a commemorative place mat featuring photos of magnificent […]

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  • LRMA Mining Equipment Auction

    Saturday 8 March 2014 LRMA members are encouraged to bring along their unwanted mining equipment to include in the auction. 10.00am: LRMA Tank 5, Coocoran – auction of agitator with conveyor 11.30am: LRMA Tank 3, town tanks – auction of puddler, old agitator and 10yd agitator & Ford Louis truck (one lot, with a reserve) 12.30pm: LRMA office – auction of 1984 […]

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  • Save the Date – Saturday 5 April 2014

    The LRMA will be celebrating 40 years of incorporation at 6.30pm on Saturday 5 April 2014 with a dinner dance at Amigo’s Castle. Everybody is welcome. Music will be by the very talented ‘Peter and Rosie Tunin & the Nostalgia Cabaret’; dinner supplied by Bruno’s Italian Restaurant; and a we will have beer and wine available […]

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  • Lightning Ridge Miners Association Town Meeting 16/02/2013

    Town Meeting Update

    Wow – over 800 people attended the public meeting arranged by the LRMA and GGSMA* last Saturday 16 February 2013. The support for the opal industry and town of Lightning Ridge was overwhelming. LRMA President Sebastian Deisenberger explained the key issues – proposal to impose a time limit on opal mining; compensation arrangements between miners […]

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