Heritage Victoria quells prospectors’ WHL fears

PMAV Central Goldfields branch president Bill Schulz, PMAV president Ollie Oleszek, Member for Ripon Louise Staley and Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford office member Tim Miller debated the impacts of World Heritage Listing on the goldfields.

With the volcano that is the Goldfields World Heritage listing controversy erupting earlier this week, calm is now filtering through the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV) branches.

With this week’s hostilities threatening to turn the goldfields into battlefields, Heritage Victoria — the body that is overseeing the push for parts of the central Victorian goldfields to receive World Heritage listing — is adamant that the listing won’t affect recreational prospectors and will not impede development.

After a PMAV meeting in Maryborough on Wednesday night, recreational prospectors’ rage has now been tempered following correct information being relayed from Heritage Victoria.

However, the PMAV remain unimpressed by the “misinformation” that was circulating in relation to the listing and led to a controversy that had been dubbed as the next Eureka Stockade.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Tim Miller from Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford’s office explained that only 10 specific sites and not the entire goldfields, would be considered for World Heritage listing.

“It will be places like the Maryborough Railway Station, Sturt Street in Ballarat, Gasworks in Bendigo, Eureka Gardens and the Eureka Stockade Precinct — areas you can’t prospect in now,” Mr Miller said.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, May 19.

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