Fossicking in the Northern Territory
Tabled Paper 1854
Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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MAY 11 '95 10!33fiM NT DME EXEC 61 089 411284 , P.2 ^ * CONFIDENTIAL ISSUE: RECREATIONAL FOSSICKING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY COMMENTARY: EXPANDING ON MY DEPARTMENTS INITIAL EFFORTS TO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL OF DEVELOPING AND PROMOTING FOSSICKING AS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, CONTACT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH SEVERAL KEY INTERESTED PARTIES TO INVITE AND ENCOURAGE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNED ACTIVITIES , THE DEPARTMENTS ACTIVITIES HAVE REQUIRED CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY. TO DATE THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION (AND RANGERS), KEY DEPARTMENTAL STAFF AND INTER DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND FOSSICKING ENTHUSIASTS HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND INVOLVEMENT ENDORSED. THE KEY TO ALL CORRESPONDENCE HAS BEEN TO GATHER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT AS WELL AS DEVELOP STRATEGIES ALLOWING RECREATIONAL FOSSICKING ACTIVITIES BY LOCALS AND TOURISTS TO OPERATE IN HARMONY WITH BOTH THE MINING INDUSTRY, PASTORALIST, ABORIGINES AND CONSERVATION NEEDS. RESEARCH IS. ALSO OCCURRING TO EVALUATE POTENTIAL FOSSICKING AREAS, LICENCING AND REGULATION ISSUES, GENERAL AND TOURIST FACILITIES REQUIRED. PRELIMINARY RESEARCH INDICATES THAT FOSSICKING IS A NICHE MARKET WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF PARTICIPANTS. THIS MARKET IS QUITE SELF SUFFICIENT REQUIRING LIMITED FACILITIES. ONE ASPECT RAISED IN OUR PRELIMINARY RESEARCH WAS THE GENERAL PERCEPTION THAT FOSSICKING AND PROSPECTING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY WAS ARDUOUS IF NOT ILLEGAL. MY DEPARTMENT IS AIMING TO PRESENT FOSSICKING IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY AS A WELCOMED ACTIVITY, ENCOURAGING RATHER THAN DISCOURAGING INVOLVEMENT BY TOURISTS AND LOCALS. MAY 1995
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