HOW TO OBTAIN A MINERAL CLAIM
THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF PEOPLE WHO DESIRE TO OBTAIN A CLAIM, BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES.
THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF STEPS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN PRIOR TO LODGING AN APPLICATION FOR A MINERAL CLAIM.ANY QUERIES ABOUT PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE MINERAL REGISTRAR.
1. MARKING OUT YOUR AREA
A steel picket or wooden post(at least 75mm thick)must be placed and protrude at least one metre out of the ground. Trenches(1metre long and 150mm deep)must be dug from each corner post along the direction of the claim boundaries(row of stones of the same dimensions at each corner of the intended claim are acceptable if ground is too hard to dig).
When the post have been erected a "Possession notice" must be attached to a board on the datum post (the notice must be in the same name as the person whose name the mineral claim is to be granted). The datum post will be the north-eastern post of the boundaries following the cardinal points of the compass , or in other cases , the northern most corner post. "Possession notices" are available from this office.
Be careful not to peg-over someone else's claim. All claims must have a post or picket in each corner with a metal tag attached indicating the number of the claim. The continuous maintenance of the claim mark out is of the upmost importance until the claim is cancelled and the bond refunded to you.
IF THE MINERAL CLAIM IS NOT MARKED OUT CORRECTLY IT MAY BE CANCELLED BY THE MINING REGISTRAR.
2.SIZE AND SHAPE OF CLAIMS
Claim must be square in shape and may not exceed 50 x 50 metres. If for some reason you want a claim that is not square in shape , discuss the reason with the Mining Registrar before you mark out the area.
3.BEARING AND MEASUREMENTS
all the main field have survey posts on them. these post are tagged with metal identification numbers and inquiries to the registrar will reveal the closest survey post to your area.
Starting from the survey post you must take a compass bearing and measure the distance (in metres) to the nearest post of your claim. From there you take the bearing around the claim from post to post in a clockwise direction (do not stand near to the star pickets or other metal objects when taking bearings as this will affect the compass). A measuring tape and a compass are absolutely necessary for this process. There are local "surveyors" around the Ridge who will take care of this step for you , for a fee, and draw the map.
Include on your survey the claim numbers of any surrounding claims.
4. NOTICE TO THE LANDHOLDER
You must serve notice of your intention to apply for a claim on the occupier of the land on which your area is
situated before we will grant the claim. This can be done one of two ways;
A) By personally handing to the Landholder a letter of your intention to apply for the Claim giving a brief
description of the locality of the claim and a copy of the survey. The landholder will then sign the letter and
the letter should be submitted to the mining registrar with your application.
B) By normal post - The letter to the landholder with an accompanying copy of the survey may be mailed.
A copy of the letter must be submitted to the mining registrar with your application.
ln the case of Walgett Shire Council or Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Miners Association, the service of notice can be done by lodging the letter with your application for the claim .
5. GRANT OF CLAIM
The following documents are to be lodged personally with the Mining Registrar;
*Application form (obtained from our office)
*The identification of the land( the bearings and measurements of the intended claim from known survey point including claim numbers of any surrounding claims)
*Copy of the notice to the land holder together with a statuary declaration that the notice was served.
* Identification of the applicant (eg drivers licence).
Only two claims may be held in any mining division by any one person. The Lightning Ridge Mining division includes the fields of Grawin , Glengarry, Carters Rush and fields north to the border.
A security deposit must be lodged by the claim holder. The amount is assessed by the Mining Registrar . The bond is refunded to the holder of the claim when either ;
* The claim is cancelled and claim rehabilitated to Departmental standards ( a copy of the standards can be obtained from the Mining Registrar )
* The claim is transferred to another party
7. WORKING YOUR CLAIM
It is a requirement under Condition 1 of the " Conditions of a Mineral Claim" , that you work the claim to the satisfaction of the Mining Registrar, If you have not held a claim in your name before or have not had a claim for some time then you will be required to attend a "Mining Course". You may need to attend the Mining Course before we will grant the claim in your name. If you are unsure when you last held a mineral claim , [please contact our Department in Lightning Ridge and they will inform you if you are required to attend the Mining Course.
8. SUSPENSION OF LABOUR CONDITIONS
if you can not work your claim during the year and have a valid reason eg illness, absence overseas, holidays, financial problems etc You should apply to the Mining Registrar for suspension of the working conditions. A suspension covers you for three months.