The 9th National Opal Symposium will be held at the Lightning Ridge & District Bowling Club from 22-24 July 2018 and now is the time to register to attend. The LRMA has a brilliant program planned and it encourages anyone interested in opal to attend. For all the details and to register go to https://www.opalsymposium.org  

SebastianFollowing is an invitation from LRMA President, Sebastian Deisenberger. 

Welcome to Lightning Ridge and the 9th National Opal Symposium. It is with great pleasure the Lightning Ridge Miners’ Association Ltd (LRMA) hosts the Symposium for the fourth time and it is most gratifying the Symposium has continued to bring together miners, government and academics from all over Australia and beyond since its humble beginnings in 1999.

“Opal in a Changing World” is the theme for this year’s Symposium and will be a focus for many of the presentations. The LRMA has introduced geology and mechanical forums to the Symposium along with a marketing workshop to discuss how the industry can promote Australian opal in the changing world.

We trust you will enjoy this year’s program. Monday 23 July 2018 will kick off with reports from industry, government and the Australian Opal Centre and include updates on the latest geological and palaeontological research.

There are a number of geological oddities found underground and on the mining fields that are difficult to explain and Monday will finish off with an interactive forum where participants can quiz a panel of geologists on “why is it so?”.

Tuesday 24 July 2018 will feature exciting additions to the Australian Opal Centre's public collection and some fascinating marketing presentations including on-line marketing and tourism in opal mining communities. One of the sessions will feature the opal nomenclature and what revisions are required to bring it up to date. This should promote some lively debate. The afternoon will commence with a marketing workshop titled “Australian opal, the finest in the world – promoting the image”.

The Symposium will finish with a forum titled “The machinery of mining – reducing the costs of production” where miners can quiz each other on the most effective methods of extracting the most spectacular opal in the world.

We are grateful to the Australian Opal Centre for hosting the meet and greet on Sunday evening at the Black Opal Heritage Shed at the 3 Mile on 22 July 2018. Delegates will be able to peruse the fantastic panels detailing the history of mining machinery innovations and see a fabulous cinematic presentation of colour and pattern opal by Robert A. Smith.

We are very excited to be able to hold our Symposium dinner at the Serbian Hall on Monday evening with a two course meal by Relish Catering and music by Kelly Pickering.

There will also be an optional buddy day offered to delegates who wish to visit the opal fields and learn the ropes with an experienced miner on the morning of Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Enjoy and celebrate opal, our National Gemstone.

Thank you very much to our sponsors who make it possible for the LRMA to host the 9th National Opal Symposium.

Gold Sponsors

  •  Walgett Shire Council Crest
  •  Red Imparja Logo
  •  NSW Govt colour lge

Silver Sponsors  

  •   BOD logo
  •  AOC logo PayWay
  • Austgems Pty Ltd
  • Lomax Opals Pty Ltd
  • Deisenberger Mining Pty Ltd
  •  Sherman


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