Chasing the weight in WA
We received approval notification from
the Mining Company who hold leases over the Copperfield Mining Centre, Mount
Ida, WA, that our proposed detecting meet could proceed from 5th to
13th May, 2013. The pastoralist was also contacted to advise him we
would be in the area.
We have found that by becoming members
of APLA (Amalgamated Prospectors and Lease Holders Association) and restricting
our group to a manageable number, we have established workable agreements with
every leaseholder and pastoralist.
We were heading to the area north-west
of Menzies where a prospector had gone missing in January 2013 so there were
mixed feelings about entering the area. Some of the group came via the
Leonora/Mt Ida Road and others from Menzies and both groups reported the gravel
roads to be in good condition. Not so when we left a week later but more about
this in a later story.
We met at the nominated campsite on the morning
of the 5th May, nine prospectors from WA, six from NSW, two from
Victoria and four from Queensland. Our
forum of gold detecting enthusiasts can be found at http://s4.zetaboards.com/Gold_Detecting/index/