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Stop the Opal Ratter

WANTED: WHO: The Opal Ratter DESCRIPTION: Sleeps all day spends evenings lurking in the shadows eavesdropping and listing to others stories. ANSWERS TO: Only himself and the devil HABITAT: Other peoples mines   There are some people in this world who are always looking for the next get rich quick scheme. Sure, we all have wished at some time or another to win millions but we know that hard work is far more likely to get us where we want to be. For a small group though this thinking is what drives them – the easy way. The opal mining industry is no different  but for most miners there is…

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Update: Save Lightning Ridge Campaign

Opal Miner Ormie Molyneux

Thank you to everyone for their support all around the world for the Save Lightning Ridge campaign. The New South Wales State Government is now listening and while things are slow when it comes to government, we are seeing movement in a positive direction. One of the main issues for the miners of Lightning Ridge was the large increase in security deposits for mining claims.  Larger payments meant that mining was no longer viable for many of the smaller part-time and hobby miners, a backbone of the community and industry. The Minister for Resources, Chris Hartcher released a media statement earlier this month. “The NSW Government has listened and responded…

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