Outback Opal HuntersDiscovery Channel’s Outback Opal Hunters – Kelly Tishler and Al Hobden.Outback Opal Hunters premiers on the Discovery Channel at 8.30pm this coming Thursday 8 February 2018. Tune in to watch LRMA Director Kelly Tishler, LRMA members, Mick and Peter Cooke and Al Hobden along with opal miner colleagues from Coober Pedy and Opalton.

Kelly Tishler will also be appearing on Studio 10, on Channel 10 at around 9.20am on Thursday morning 8 February 2018 to promote Outback Opal Hunters and black opal.

Outback Opal Hunters has been picked up by many countries around the world and will have an audience approaching one billion when the program is fully rolled out. It will air in Australia, New Zealand, Germany France and the UK this month. It will air in the rest of Europe in a couple of months and in North America by the end of 2018. In around May 2018 Outback Opal Hunters will appear on the free to air channel 7 Mate.

Outback Opal Hunters will raise the profile of Australian opal which in turn should have a positive impact on the Australian opal industry.

The production company, Prospero Productions were meticulous in ensuring they have their facts correct and the photography looks fantastic.


The LRMA has re-printed the article titled “The unique attributes of Australian precious opal” by Anthony Smallwood. First printed in 2014, the 24 page article explains the gemmological differences between Australian opal and other world deposits. This article flowed on from a presentation in Tucson and is designed to give some confidence to gem laboratories to encourage them to undertake their own tests so they can include a country of origin on their certificates. To date this initiative has been successful with European gem laboratories.

It is a very interesting read, a great gift or giveaway and is available for sale at the LRMA office. $12 per copy or $10 for 25 units or more.


The Division of Resources & Geoscience has advised that as of the 1st February 2018 there are a number of fees that will no longer apply.

No fee will apply for an application for permit to enter land; registration of change of name on devolution of mineral claim; application for suspension of conditions of mineral claim; registration of change of name of holder of mineral claim (other than on transfer of mineral claim); and registration of legal or equitable interest.


The next free environmental course will be held at 9.30am on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at the Lightning Ridge District Bowling Club.

Applicants must fill out an application and attach a copy of their ID if they wish to enrol.


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