Clermont GPA Status

NEW COUNCIL GPA FOR CLERMONT - FLAT DIGGINGS RESERVE
 
Opened 25th October 2019

New GPAs proposed by The Outback Prospector and a concerted effort by Isaac Regional Council and local DNRME officers has today resulted in the first Council managed GPA to be opened in 21 years!
 
See our FaceBook page for full details: https://bit.ly/2ofeBxG

New Flat Diggings Reserve GPA map here: (more detailed map available soon) https://bit.ly/341vpr8 

New GPA Conditions here: https://bit.ly/2JiZcE4

Members of the public accessing this GPA must hold a QLD Fossicking Licence available online here: https://bit.ly/2JnZ4Dg

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ckSEP95af47S9QZt8

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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Recreational prospectors visiting Clermont can currently only access approx 20% of available State Forest due to broken State Forest access laws, which is unfair, un-Australian and threatens the future of tourism in our area.

Under current laws, permission must be granted for declaration of a GPA in State Forest (which is public land) from both the grazing leaseholder and QPWS, which can be withdrawn at any time, without reason or warning. All other permitted recreational bush users can access 100% of QLD State Forest (4WD, motorbike, MTB riders and bushwalkers) without needing permission from the grazing leaseholder.

Our message is simple:

RESPECT our Resource Heritage
SUPPORT Outback Tourism
UNLOCK the gate to QLD State Forests for recreational prospecting and fossicking activities.

Lodge your complaint with QLD Ministers Lynham and Enoch to demand "why does the QLD Fossicking Act discriminate against recreational prospectors from enjoying this licenced recreational activity in QLD State Forest like any other permitted recreational activity? Please fix broken State Forest access laws for prospectors."

DNRME https://www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/forms/complaints-form
DES/QPWS https://www.des.qld.gov.au/contactus/feedback-form-complaint#section-6

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FOSSICKING KITS NO LONGER REQUIRED

Isaac Regional Council advice is that as from 25th August 2017, there is no longer a requirement to purchase a Fossicking Kit to access Clermont GPAs. Please call Council office 1300 47 22 27 for any enquiries or see http://bit.ly/2wOaeJW


Read more about Maps and Resources here


PLEASE NOTE As from 1st July 2019, The Outback Prospector & Clermont Caravan Park have withdrawn as DNRME agents for QLD Fossicking Licences.

To buy Qld Fossicking Licence, purchase online 
https://bit.ly/2sPtyox

*Respect livestock, property, the environment and your fellow prospectors at all times.*

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CLERMONT GPA STATUS UPDATE - ALL OPEN

QPWS Advice for State Forest:

Please assist us by: 

- complying with any signage in the Fossicking Areas.
- checking with local Clermont outlets regarding closures
- referring to the online website for further details in relation to fossicking https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/areas-facilities/fossicking/central-gold

Thank you

Clermont QPWS Base
07 49831211

 

GPAStatusNotices
Bathampton  OPEN Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Birimgan (East)  OPEN Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Birimgan (West)  OPEN Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Black Ridge  OPEN
Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Bottom Apsley  CLOSED Permanent closure from 1st of March 2018
Flat Diggings Reserve OPEN Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Four Mile (East)  OPEN
Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Four Mile (West)  OPEN Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
McDonald Flat  OPEN
Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
McMasters  OPEN
Leave gates as found. Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Museum Reserve  OPEN Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes
Town Reserve  OPEN

Remove all rubbish. Refill all holes

Last updated 25/10/2019
 

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Two new GPAs in Blair Athol State Forest, Clermont
OPENED Friday 30th March 2018

Birimgan (West) 1827 ha
Access via Brigalow, Laglan or Western Creek Road

Four Mile (West) 2520 ha
Access via Laglan Road opposite Brigalow Road

*Note land excluded from GPA around infrastructure (shed and cattle yards) on Four Mile GPAs. At all times please respect landholders privacy, livestock and property when traversing GPAs.*

  • New signage is now in place - all obsolete Forestry signage to be removed
  • Traverse new GPAs via existing gates and access tracks
  • Take greater care during exploratory drives and whilst prospecting through unfamiliar country eg. use of GPS and/or two way radio to ensure personal safety.
  • Exercise care around old workings and mineshafts
  • Report any observed issues to QPWS Clermont office 07 4983 1211 eg. trees across tracks or fences, dangerous shafts, injured animals etc

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Advice re closure of Bottom Apsley GPA 01.03.18

QPWS advice: "There is no impediment in the Fossicking Act 1994 for an owner to withdraw permission for fossicking to occur and from the 01 March 2018 general permission to allow fossicking with the Bottom Apsley GPA has been withdrawn. Subsequently the Bottom Apsley GPA within the Blair Athol State Forest is permanently closed. This means that fossicking is not permitted but it does not restrict access to the State forest for other appropriate recreational purposes."

Please complete our GPA Awareness Survey to provide feedback to local Council and government departments and support our efforts to increase access to Clermont's State Forests for recreational prospectors.

https://goo.gl/forms/XAtOdK2tfNaKtjIh2

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For advice about the current status of Clermont GPAs in State Forests, please contact the following government officers:

Caleb Bailey

Ranger in Charge – Clermont Base - Capricornia
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Department Environment and Sciences
Ph: 07 4983 1211
Email: Caleb.Bailey@des.qld.gov.au
10 Jambina Street, Clermont, 4721 | PO Box 468, Clermont, QLD, 4721


Jason Turner

Principal Mining Registrar - Small Scale Mining Hub
Mining and Petroleum Operations | Minerals & Energy Resources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Ph: 07 4987 9372 
Email: jason.turner@dnrme.qld.gov.au

99 Hospital Road, Emerald QLD 4720 | PO Box 245, Emerald, QLD 4720