Let's unlock more land in SA's old goldfields for hobby detectorists.

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Dear Minister Speirs and Minister Whetstone,

South Australia has a growing number of hobby metal detector enthusiasts. There are literally thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds and more joining the hobby almost on a daily basis.

The problem that we are facing is that the 3 allocated areas that we are permitted to detect gold in are quite limited and have been heavily over detected during the past few decades, making it increasingly difficult to find gold and relics. 

As a result,  many of us are having to drive interstate where gold detecting as a hobby is strongly supported. This is not only time consuming and costly for hobbyist's but in turn is taking revenue away from our state.

There are many old prospecting sites that are on public property within easy reach of Adelaide but they are currently out of bounds for metal detecting. 

We would like more land unlocked in known, old gold prospecting sites in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa valley to ensure our hobby can stay here in Adelaide instead of increasingly having to move interstate.

Jupiter Creek has fenced off areas that could be opened. Mt Crawford could have larger areas opened up. Mt Bold has vast areas that could be accessible without interfering with reservoir activities. And of course the old diggings in the Barossa Valley,  Mt Pleasant and Birdwood areas.

Detecting is a great hobby that gets the young and old off the couch and out into nature and exploring South Australia's amazing bushland.

The metal detecting community pride itself on a code of ethics to look after our natural flora and fauna. We regularly clear bush sites of old iron, beer bottles, cans and other rubbish and junk as we detect. Many within our community volunteer and give back to our community in a vast range of ways. As well as this we constantly uncover historical relics that are often donated either back to the local community or museums. 

On an economic level, having more areas to detect in would also be a draw card for detectorists from other states to come to South Australia. Small businesses like cafes, stores, bnb's, caravan parks and pubs etc would benefit from this. Having a small permit fee such as in Watts Gully would also help raise revenue for our state.

Minister Speirs and Minister Whetstone, we need your help. Please consider opening up more areas as suggested above so our community and hobby can thrive for generations to come. 


Bol Varga