18. No fires are to be lit. What?

A.K.A. pointless prospecting rule of the week. This is one that has had me stumped for a while. Condition number 18 of the “Conditions Relating to Prospecting Licences” says: This condition has been discussed at PMAT meetings, and I am aware that PMAT has sent correspondence to the Director of Mines specifically addressing this issue…. Continue reading

Noteworthy areas under ERA in September 2017

Tasmanian prospectors have to ask for permission from any and all tenement holders that have an interest in the area they want to prospect in. Both I and PMAT, as well as others, have asked Mineral Resources Tasmania to change this and bring us more in line with Victoria, though there’s been no action yet…. Continue reading

Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania

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…. Continue reading