John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    New guide for visiting prospectors

    20/10/2006 2:17 PM

    The rights, obligations and penalties for visiting prospectors have been set out in a new guide, Prospecting WA.

    Resources Minister John Bowler, who today launched the guide in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, said the publication was targeted at newcomers to the industry or people visiting the State who might be unaware of the legal requirements for undertaking prospecting activities.

    “Prospecting WA spells out the rights and obligations of visitors to Western Australia,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The guides will be made available at the State borders, tourist information centres, caravan parks and detector supply shops in WA and interstate.”

    The Minister also thanked the Amalgamated Prospectors and Leaseholders’ Association, the Pastoralists’ and Graziers’ Association and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies for their assistance in developing the new guide.

    Areas such as the Goldfields were becoming attractive to prospectors in the cooler months of the year as available areas across Australia were becoming smaller and more crowded.

    Mr Bowler said while some prospectors chose to test the boundaries of lawful mining activity, the Department of Industry and Resources had an Investigation Services Unit (ISU) which targeted those individuals.

    “ISU has a wide investigative role covering unlawful activity in all aspects of resources activities on and offshore, including all minerals, oil and gas,” the Minister said.

    “A key role involves educational activities allowing pastoralists, prospectors and leaseholders across WA to co-exist in a sustainable and lawful way.

    “The unit works in co-operation with WA Police and the Gold Stealing Detecting Unit and is also responsible for enhancing the investigation capabilities and responsiveness of DoIR in relation to breaches of legislation.

    A copy of Prospecting WA can be obtained by calling the Investigation Services Unit on 9222 3093 or visiting

    Minister's office - 9222 9699