Contriibutor Extraordinare
Contriibutor Extraordinare
Joined: July 8th, 2007, 1:46 pm

July 8th, 2018, 2:20 am #1

Hi Members,

Here is a message from the APLA President:


Two weeks ago, as a result of complaints from pastoral companies and smaller pastoral leaseholders, APLA was invited to take part
in a meeting regarding allegations of damage and illegal activities done by prospectors – as if we didn’t have enough to do!
The attendees were representatives from DMIRS, PGA, Pastoral Lands Board, DPLH and a pastoral leaseholder from the Murchison
area and APLA.
There are many prospectors out there who are not APLA members, and therefore aren’t bound by APLA’s Code of Conduct.
Neither do they seem to be bound by any rules, laws or conduct codes whatsoever. They simply “go where they want, do what they want,
damage what they want, shoot what they want, steal what they want” etc. But when it comes to cutting fences, leaving gates open,
tearing a gate off its hinges, illegal earthmoving, damage to stock wells, stealing solar panels and pumps, shooting cattle etc, that’s not
just being a nuisance, that’s criminal damage and theft. Driving on wet tracks and cutting them up is also damage and compensation can
be pursued in a civil court if you’re caught.

We all know this happens. Over the years, I’ve seen it myself and I’ve been provided with the photographic evidence to prove other instances.

However, APLA explained at the meeting that we cannot be held responsible for those that are not our members and neither do we have any
control over those non-members. APLA asked why PLHs and the PGA weren’t demanding action from the WA Police and pursuing these people
through court action. APLA stated that the constant complaining from PLHs but being not supported by affirmative action could be perceived
seen as just “whingeing”. APLA’s opinion was that PLHs are their own worst enemy by not taking action but instead were pursuing APLA and
its members. That type of action to resolve these issues was bordering on pointless. It may be in the future that PLHs may just take the
initiative and start pursuing legal action for the wrongdoers. In that respect, you’ve been warned I suppose!

But pursuing “the good guys” with more rules and codes while taking no action to pursue “the bad guys” is only going to increase the tensions
we have at present. All a bit wrong way around wouldn’t you think?

For a few years now DMIRS have been issuing all the advisory documents to prospectors when they get a Miners Right. It’s in a nice new, shiny,
manufactured folder. I was shocked to hear that a lot of prospectors don’t even bother to read it. And then we wonder why we have confrontations
and the persistent complaints from both sides.
Nevertheless, APLA has agreed to take part in more meetings to thrash out a Code of Conduct between prospectors and PLHs.
We already have the DMIRS booklet “The Golden Rules Of Prospecting”, that’s been out for decades, but seems it doesn’t meet the desires of the
Pastoral Industry. It remains to be seen what will arise from these meetings but rest assured that while APLA will make every effort to assist the
development of a Code, we will not be conceding any of the rights we’ve had for over 100 years. As APLA predicted a couple of years ago, the
pressures against recreational prospectors are building and it’s not the fault of the good guys. It’s the bad guys that will see this freedom taken
away from us.

More soon as it comes in.

"I believe that if life gives you lemons,you
should make lemonade & try to find somebody
whose life has given them vodka, & have a party"!!!!


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Joined: April 18th, 2014, 5:20 am

July 8th, 2018, 4:58 am #2

Thanks for posting.....

It only takes a few idiots to stuff it for the rest ....
We all eek to get tarred with the one brush.....

Cheers Nanjim
APLA Member. A bad day's prospecting beats a good day's work anytime