APLA’s 110-year history is difficult to match
It is disappointing to see an attack on APLA to justify a new lobby group, when there was the perfect opportunity to state the seriousness and detrimental impacts of proposed DMP fees, and what this group intended to do to convince the minister to change them.
As APLA president 2005-2013, I was aware of Mike Charlton’s previous issues 15 years ago where he also publicly raised them.
But the association had to put the bulk of its members first and not hurt their interests for the benefit of a few.
In my time with APLA in the past 20 years, I have never seen the so-called “longstanding battles with APLA” and only a difference of opinion by three local prospectors, each of whom I discussed bringing back into APLA since 2005.
Although there was ongoing discussion and agreement with most issues in the past few years, APLA did not agree with the requested methods to handle them. APLA sees public protest as a last resort.
APLA has been successful in maintaining Prospectors and Leaseholders Rights and competitiveness through major changes in State and Federal legislation and regulation for more than 110 years.
In most cases, changes are not intended to seriously impact the prospector but without APLA’s expertise to demonstrate the impacts they would have done so.
As for Goldfields First, I can see how they have formed with the enormous but deferred POW fee, which is unreal.
But it is completely unfair to blame APLA for the Government’s stance.
APLA will get a good result in this as always.
It will be difficult to match APLA’s 110-year history, which has seen many stoushes like this before, but better late than never. Sean Ashcroft Kalgoorlie
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