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2018 AGM and Lefroy Field Trip
March 10, 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania (Inc.) will take place on Saturday the 10th of March at 9:00 a.m. at the Beechford Oval.
Membership dues for 2018 are now payable. If you wish to keep supporting us, by far the easiest way is to pay on the day, but if you prefer to pay electronically or can’t make it, please get in touch and we’ll send you an electronic invoice. This notice should have gone to all 2017 members by the 10th of February. If you are a member and you did not receive it please get in touch through our contact page or at email@example.com
If you would like to nominate for a committee position, we’d love to hear from you! Either email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch through our website’s contact form.
After the AGM business is over, we will have a short Special General Meeting to vote to change our Constitution to formalise the changes discussed at last year’s AGM: to accept family memberships; and to take advantage of the new Model Rules that allow us to avoid compulsory annual auditing in favour of audits only when the membership request them.
There are three files in the PMAT website that you should have a look at:
After the AGM business at Beechford is over, we will head down the road and spread out.
We have been granted permission to have our field trip inside EL3/2015 and RL1/2011, which together cover almost all of the Lefroy area. The rest is under ERA and needs no permission other than a Prospecting Licence. There are some conditions attached to prospecting inside the tenements that I will set out below.
Lefroy was an important gold mining center from the 1870s onwards and hosted many rich mines, including the Pinafore, Chum, Excelsior, Native Youth and City of Launceston. There are several areas around Lefroy that are prospective, the main ones being:
- The area around the Pinafore and Chum lines of reef north of the town
- The area around Specimen Hill between the town and the highway
- The area between the Volunteer and Monarch reefs south of the highway
Lefroy is approximately 50 Km north of Launceston and 15 Km east of George Town. Driving there takes about 3 hours non-stop from Hobart and just under an hour from Launceston.
Beechford is 7 km north of Lefroy along a sealed road. You can see both in the Google Maps insert below.
There are many areas where one can stay overnight. The Beechford oval allows camping but only has basic toilet facilities and no shops. Alternatively there are a couple of caravan parks in Low Head.
The area around Lefroy is riddled with uncapped shafts and other remnants of prior mining. In addition it would not be impossible to stumble into the sorts of crops that owners don’t like others seeing. It is strongly advised to work in pairs and keep an eye on each other. We will work out a system of signing in and out at the AGM, but please use it so that we know that everyone is safe and sound at the end of the day.
The tenement holders have been very generous to give us permission to spend the day working in their ground. In order to allow this they have set two conditions that we have to comply with:Any nugget finds should be marked with a GPS or similar and photographed.
If you want to sell any nuggets you find in their ground, the tenement holder would like first option to buy.
Please take the time to document your finds. Only the tenement holder wants to know where they came from, but being fair and complying with these conditions is what has given us a good enough reputation to be regularly granted permission to hold trips inside mining tenements.
See you all there!!!
Miguel de Salas, President,
Prospectors and Miners Association of Tasmania Inc.