22/12/2020

Stay safe when prospecting with a miner’s right

Recreational prospecting is a low impact way of looking for gems or minerals that provides opportunities to exercise, socialise and connect with Victoria's rich history.

Recreational prospecting is a low impact way of looking for gems or minerals that provides opportunities to exercise, socialise and connect with Victoria's rich history.

It’s a great activity for families and friends, providing opportunities to exercise, relax and socialise as well as connect with Victoria's beautiful regions over the summer.

It is important modern gold hunters are aware of the rules and their responsibilities when prospecting.

Activities are permitted in some national parks, state parks and waterways, and on private property, provided you have permission.

Trying your hand is easy and may involve the use of metal detectors, picks, shovels, sieves and pans. But all you really need to get started is an ounce of common sense and a miner’s right, which is a permit allowing you to keep any gold you find on public land.

When out in the bush prospecting always tell someone where you are going, when you will return, be aware of potentially hot weather and that after rain rocks can be dislodged and land near rivers may become unstable.

To purchase your miner’s right visit Services Victoria, the application process only takes about three minutes to complete and it could be the most productive $25.20 you ever invest!

Contact: Mark Farrugia

Phone: (03) 8392 6913