A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

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A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  NAPFA on Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:42 pm

Good News!   cheers 

Last Thursday (6 March) the NSW Parliament released tabled its Committee Inquiry report on ‘Tourism in local communities’.

NAPFA, along with other individual fossickers (many from this forum), made submissions to this inquiry which highlighted the potential of fossicking tourism and our problems with access.  We also attended public hearings.

The good news for all fossickers in NSW is in the recommendations:

Recommendation 17

That the NSW Government investigate further opportunities for tourism development in national parks including accommodation, camping, mountain bike trails and fossicking. cheers  cheers  cheers 

 

Recommendation 19

That the NSW Government investigate opportunities for fossicking in national parks, a single access fee for state forests and linking information for fossicking activities on the Destination NSW website. cheers  cheers  cheers 

 

The report enclosed is available on our website www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/gpsc3 along with submissions, transcripts of evidence and other documents associated with the Inquiry.

For details on the fossicking content go to page 106 to 109 in Chapter 6.

The report and its 25 recommendations are now with the Government for consideration. The Government is required to respond to the recommendations within six months.

NAPFA will offer any support requested to the Government while it considers these recommendations.

There is no guarantee that we will get access to any of these national park areas, however we have stated our case and it has been at least noticed.

The single licence for State Forests is already in the pipeline and its release is imminent, so we can consider that one done.

You can support NAPFA by joining if you have not already.  www.napfa.net 
There is a good membership promo on at the moment, and we need all the members we can muster. We need to keep the momentum going.

Cheers

Stephen

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Re: A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  Billy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:49 pm

Sounds promising and a little more positive than some of the news of late.
Two big thankyous Stephen, #1. To you and NAPFA for the work you have done in getting to this point, regardless of what happens I believe its a win!
 
2# The membership card is a little reminder to all who have one, that the little bloke can, when required, stand up and get noticed and be heard. Regardless of the outcome in the end, a win is a win.
 
Top work to all involved!
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Post  Nightjar on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:25 pm

Well done NAPFA, you've got a wedge in the door, good luck with your endeavours.

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Re: A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  nuggetseeker on Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:52 pm

Good on you NAPFA . Thanks for your company on the weekend mate. Membership application in the mail
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Post  getascripter on Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:38 pm

Great work NAPFA ... this is certainly a foot in the door!!! Good job!!! Hopefully the ball will continue to roll  T06 
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Re: A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  Guest on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:24 am

Great work there NAPFA and all who contribute.


Was great to see you again Steve, but what happens in camp (or Maryborough) stay in camp  cheers 

Had a great time.


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Re: A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  Wombat on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:13 am

Well done Steve and NAPFA. I hope you all get better results from your Government than we did from the Vic Gov. in regards to prospecting in State & National Parks here. All we got was a V13 
Good luck and  V26 

It was great catching up with you and the rest of the guys last weekend as well. Had a great time  Q27 
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Post  Ash100456 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:29 pm

Yes well done ! I think going at it from a Tourism point of view is the way to go, The Tourism Dollar is extremely important to most of out of major population centres. Prospectors and tourists visiting these places make good numbers and help them survive.
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State forest permits n other NSW access

Post  Toysandthings on Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:40 pm

Hi

NSW state forest fossicking permits(for all state forests in NSW as a single permit) have been available through the bathurst office for some time now.
Only through the bathurst office, or at least it was unless things got nasty.

Also, last 6 months or so, have been in discussion with minister for small business and environment over official legal access to fossick in state conservation areas.
U know all those state forest areas we want to go to that got morphed a whiles back into SCA to stop access for us.
Anyways, last I heard back they were re-visiting the legislation to see what could be done and changed.
Apparently in the legislation the minister can give permission, so we wait n c.
The main part was also assuring them that we do no harm n use minimal equipment.

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Bathurst contact details

Post  Toysandthings on Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:52 pm

Contact details for the bathurst office. B nice n polite.

Susan Dippre | Business Support Officer | Macquarie Region | Softwood Plantations Branch |
Forestry Corporation of NSW

PO Box 143 | Cnr Panorama Ave and Browning Street Bathurst 2795
T: 02 6330 1001 | F: 02 6331 5528 | E: susan.dippre@sf.nsw.gov.au

W: www.forests.nsw.gov.au

Cheers.
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ps. Believe I paid over the phone via credit card.

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Other contact Bathurst state forest nsw.

Post  Toysandthings on Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:56 pm

Oops, contact may have been this lady. sorry. B nice n polite still.

Jenny Wasow - Business Support Officer - Macquarie Region - Forests NSW

NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services

PO Box 143 - Cnr Panorama Ave and Browning Street Bathurst NSW 2795

Phone (02) 6331 2044

Fax (02) 6331 5528

Email: jennyw@sf.nsw.gov.au

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NAPFA and forest permits

Post  NAPFA on Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:36 pm

Thanks Lee.

State Forest Permits have been very inconsistent. 
Some posts have said Bathurst did, then they didn't, then they did.  Coffs Harbour has been pretty consistent.  Other offices have been one region only.
NAPFA has been pursuing this forests permit stuff for well over a year, including in the Parliamentary Inquiry in August (recommendations tabled -- check the submissions online).  On November 12, via an intermediary, NAPFA suggested the following changes to the CEO of the State Forests Corporation:


  • Examine feasibility of eliminating the permit altogether as a possible cost saving measure
  • If it must remain, then it should be like a fishing licence -- one licence for the whole state
  • Create Special Annual Permit for clubs to visit all areas (a price of $100 for clubs was suggested as being fair)
  • An online system to enable self service and online payment

[size=14.66]We received information back via letter on November 22 saying that Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) was working to streamline the permit processes and that in 'early 2014' they would introduce an online system with one  permit for the whole state to replace the present system.[/size]
[size=14.66]To my knowledge this has not yet happened; if it has then that's great. [/size]

[size=14.66]cheers[/size]
[size=14.66]Stephen[/size]
[size=14.66]NAPFA President.[/size]
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Been a whiles

Post  Toysandthings on Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:59 pm

Just an update on any news on State conservation areas access for fossicking.

Did the government departments give in or is it a brick wall??

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Re: A NAPFA win -- NSW Government to look at fossicking in National Parks

Post  AUoptimist on Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Hi Toysandthings,
At the NAPFA AGM on the 14th of this month those members that we present(62 of us) were briefed on progress with the NSW NPWS; yes we are moving forward in the quest to gain access to SCA's and some areas contained within National Parks.
As with many government departments, bringing about changes such as those that we are trying to introduce have to go through many pairs of hands and that for the most part will rarely happen as quickly and smoothly as most of us would like to see.
It's a bit like dismantling that brick wall you mentioned in your post, brick by brick, it will take time but we are making progress in the right direction.
Cheers, AUoptimist.

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