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The Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania (PMAT) has become officially incorporated!
If you’ve enjoyed fossicking and prospecting in Tasmania for a while, you’ve probably come to notice that our State is steadily becoming less welcoming of prospectors. Regulations controlling what prospecting equipment is allowed and what areas that can be accessed has become more and more restrictive. The Director of Mines has even declared that a prospecting licence in Tasmania gives the holder no rights of ownership over anything they find.
Over a dozen people from around the State met in Campbell Town on the 22nd of August 2015, and we voted to officially incorporate the Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania.
Like PMAV in Victoria, and NAPFA in NSW, the purpose of PMAT is to foster fossicking and prospecting, to protect the interests of prospectors and fossickers in the State, and to generally act as a unified voice in dealing with regulatory authorities and Parliament when it comes to fossicking, prospecting and small-scale mining in Tasmania.
If you like to fossick or prospect, and you’d like to continue to enjoy this fantastic pastime, even pass it on to your children or grandchildren one day, I’d encourage you to join the Association and help us get a better deal for fossickers, prospectors and small-scale miners in Tasmania.