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Eurobodalla a gold mine for fossickers


Fossickers can now go for gold in the Eurobodalla after Council agreed to declare the shire a NSW Fossicking District.

The declaration is part of a NSW Government program designed to boost regional tourism by making it easier for fossickers to access certain land.

Fossicking is the small-scale search for, and collection of, minerals and gemstones using hand-held implements or metal detectors, and can generally take place on any land with permission from the land owner or manager, except in national parks where it is prohibited.

The Eurobodalla has a rich mining history since the gold rush hit the region in the 1850s, with gold discovered in the Moruya district in 1851.

Fossickers are not allowed to disturb more than one cubic metre of land in a 48-hour period, and all sites are to be restored to their pre-disturbed condition as much as possible.

Eurobodalla joins 27 other local government areas in NSW to host declared districts, including Bega Valley Shire Council, which declared its region a fossicking district in January.

Image by James St. John (Gold fluvial cobble (placer gold) 1) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons