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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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  • Town Meeting to save Lightning Ridge Saturday 16 Feb 2013

    THE END OF LIGHTNING RIDGE? A public meeting is being held at the Bowling Club this Saturday at 2.00pm to discuss the future of our town. This is the one meeting every person must attend and bring their whole family to. The opal mining industry is imminently close to collapse due to government policy and […]

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  • Opal Mining Supporter sticker

    Support Lightning Ridge

    Look out for these stickers appearing on business around town and make sure you support them!

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  • Maxine O Brien and Ian Woodcock

    How long will Lightning Ridge last without mining?

    LRMA Newsletter: 5 February 2013 Opal miners are facing serious threats to their livelihoods as issue after issue piles up with no resolutions. “As a former Mayor and a current Councillor and opal miner I have grave concerns for Lightning Ridge. I do not believe this town will survive without opal mining. The tourist industry […]

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  • Government fiddles while opal industry burns: Media Release

    MEDIA RELEASE:  4 February 2013  As new markets for Australian opal are developing and commodity prices are increasing NSW opal exploration and mining has been stifled and land use conflict escalates. Government inaction is forcing the industry to remain in limbo following the loss of important infrastructure levies, a dramatic increase in security deposits and […]

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