LRMA Newsletter – 7 March 2018


Anyone who is interested in the control of Hudson Pear should attend the Hudson Pear Community Information Workshop. The workshop, hosted by Local Land Services North West,
will be held at the Lightning Ridge Bowling Club from 10am to 3pm, tomorrow, Thursday 8 March 2018.

NSW DPI and QDAF will be giving a presentation of the Hudson Pear bio control program and discuss the release strategy of the various biotypes that will assist with the Hudson Pear Control program. The meeting will also discuss the future and how biocontrol and spraying will work together.

If you can attend please RSVP to Pete Dawson on 0427 606 265 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Gemmological Association of Australia and the Australian Opal Association has sought the LRMA’s input into the revision of the opal nomenclature. The LRMA received a letter seeking its input at the end of January 2018, some six months following a presentation in Lightning Ridge by Andrew Cody.

Attached for your interest is a copy of the LRMA’s submission and a copy of the flow chart proposed by the Australian Opal Association. The process is ongoing and hopefully the LRMA will continue to be invited to have an input as it did 20 years ago with the development of the original classification system for opal.


Jenny Kee is looking for a home for some amazing boulder opal panels. Jenny purchased these panels from opal industry luminary Des Burton around 1978 and had them incorporated into her home designed by Glenn Murcutt. Attached is a letter and information in regards to these boulder opal panels.


Following 12 years of service LRMA caretakers George and Denise are retiring. The LRMA Board, staff and members thank them for the many years of service and welcome Mick Carpenter as the new caretaker for the Lightning Ridge Mining Centre.


The following have applied for membership of the LRMA. If any member has an objection to any of these membership applications please contact the LRMA office and your objection will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

  • Adi Djuheric Proposer: John Brown Seconder: Gavin Thomson
  • Sean Pandel Proposer: John Brown Seconder: Gavin Thomson
  • Robert Jeffries Proposer: John Brown Seconder: Gavin Thomson
  • Maria McVerry Proposer: Neil Taylor Seconder: Joseph Long
  • Corey Cain Proposer: John Smith Seconder: Ken Smith
  • Mihajlo Zec Proposer: Marijan Babic Seconder: Carl Babic
  • Kirk Cain Proposer: John Smith Seconder: Ken Smith

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