Please see News and Reports From General Meeting, August 7, 2021 for the basis for this and an indication of what is already in progress.
If there is enough momentum maybe a club committee can be formed to bring together those in the club with rich relevant experience.
For example the club has a highly experienced member who was instrumental in negotiating the first Native Title ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) in Queensland, known as the Bar-Barrum Fossicking ILUA. This member does not want themselves identified and we must respect this.
It is possible the area originally negotiated by the club member, and other areas nearby, could be negotiated as possible declared fossicking areas, similar to the arrangement around Sapphire/Rubyvale.
Could we negotiate permits for camping, such as around Sapphire/Rubyvale?
Please remember this is potentially of interest for tourism in our region. So members, if you work in tourism, please take note.
If you are involved in tourism and want to make relevant suggestions but are not a member of the club then please join us as a member of the club to help promote fossicking with your suggestions to the club.
It is not considered the job of government departments to negotiate agreements for third parties, where agreements are needed. That is very clear. Just as you need to clear the hurdles of a property development application to build a house, not the council, so we need to clear the hurdles to ensure we can fossick in desirable areas. This includes engaging lawyers and other experts.
In this case it looks like the Qld. government is making exceptions. When a fossicking area is declared the government has negotiated for us, the people of Australia. They don’t negotiate for mining companies.
This is tremendous news. We must work at reducing obstacles. That takes real work and commitment. The club member who negotiated the Bar-Barrum Fossicking ILUA agreement did so with a lawyer (Jenny Humphris from MacDonnells Solicitors). The party they negotiated for is QLACCA (Queensland Lapidary and Allied Craft Club Association Inc).
At this stage all we can confidentially say is that we will be listened to. If it becomes too hard and we do not lift a finger to help then they will just stop listening. This must be considered as a two way relationship, which both need to work at, without one side expecting everything with nothing in return. This means we need to listen also and when we listen we need to understand the issues and act on them.