1st December 2017

There are now more places to pan for gold or find gems in NSW with the number of fossicking districts expanded, which could deliver a boost to regional economies.

Central Darling Shire Council and Shoalhaven City Council are the latest areas to be declared fossicking districts by the NSW Government.

Geological Survey of NSW Executive Director Chris Yeats said declared fossicking districts now cover over a fifth of the state.

“From the Far West to the South Coast, more people than ever before can try their hand at fossicking in NSW,” Dr Yeats said.

“There are now 69 fossicking districts in NSW across 34 local government areas. These districts cover more than 17.1 million hectares, or 21.4 per cent of the state.

“Fossicking is a popular recreational activity and this increase has the potential to provide positive benefits for regional tourism in NSW.”

The NSW & ACT Prospectors and Fossickers Association estimates tens of thousands of people from NSW and interstate fossick across the state each year, which contributes approximately $20 million annually to NSW rural economies.

Other councils to have their areas declared as fossicking districts this year are Bega Valley Shire, Eurobodalla Shire, Bland Shire, Snowy Valleys, Blayney, Mid-Western Regional, Cabonne, and Goulburn Mulwaree.

Fossicking can be carried out on any land in NSW where it is deemed lawful, provided participants obtain permission from landowners and key stakeholders of the land. Fossicking remains prohibited in National Parks.

For a comprehensive guide, including tips and rules on fossicking in NSW visit www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/fossicking-in-nsw.