Prospec­tors en­joy golden week­end


THERE may have been no one shout­ing ‘‘Eu­reka!’’ but for lo­cal busi­nesses it was most def­i­nitely a gold rush.

Around 220 peo­ple flocked to Heath­cote look­ing to strike it rich at the Prospec­tors and Min­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria’s 2017 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

The week­end event drew peo­ple from all around Vic­to­ria to try their hand at pan­ning in the McIvor Creek.

Satur­day saw the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety open its doors for the group to ex­plore the her­itage of the area while Sun­day was a re­lax­ing day with lunch pro­vided by the CWA.

Lyn­nie Hin­dle, pres­i­dent of the Bendigo prospect­ing branch, said the week­end was a real suc­cess.

“It was such a beau­ti­ful day out, the Sun­day we were pan­ning had great weather and so every­one was happy to get out there into the creek in shorts and T-shirts,” she said.

“The creek was only about a foot deep and wasn’t flow­ing too fast, so it was just per­fect.

“Heath­cote is an area which is just so rich in gold and it’s not even in the golden tri­an­gle — we found some nice chunky bits in the creek.

“There are so many ar­eas in north­ern Vic­to­ria which are rich in gold. Prospect­ing is such a low-im­pact hobby to have and it’s not very ex­pen­sive.

‘‘Af­ter the event we had two new mem­bers sign up in the Bendigo re­gion.’’

The lo­ca­tion for next year’s AGM is yet to be de­cided, how­ever there has been men­tion that it could be some­where near Avoca or Dunolly.

Ms Hin­dle said the yearly events mean every­one has the chance to try their hand at prospect­ing while ex­plor­ing the smaller towns of Vic­to­ria.

“The small towns are picked be­cause we can pro­vide a fair boost in tourism for the shops and ser­vices in the town,” she said.

“This year I be­lieve we had the car­a­van park full and there were peo­ple from Yackan­dan­dah camp­ing out in the scrub.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Vic­to­rian as­so­ci­a­tion head to

Prospec­tors and Min­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria pres­i­dent Olly Oleszek presents MP Peter Walsh with a replica nugget.

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