Mineral exploration for opals is termed prospecting, conducted under an Opal Prospecting Licence or Mineral Claim.
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Mineral claims within the Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District are processed by the department's Lightning Ridge Office.
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Go to Opal mining forms
A schedule of fees and charges that apply to mineral claims.
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Before being able to hold a mineral claim, the Safety Awareness Course must be completed.
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Records are available from the Lightning Ridge Office, for inspection, free of charge, by members of the public during office hours.
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Read about the Scheme which gave leaseholders within Opal Prospecting Areas 1, 2 and 3 an opportunity to express interest in surrendering lots heavily affected by opal mining.
Go to Lightning Ridge Voluntary Surrender Scheme