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20 May 2020
BACK ON THE HUNT: Wimmera prospector Max Ellis uses his detector to scan his surrounds for gold and other precious metal after an easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Recreational prospectors can search for minerals and gemstones in groups of up to 10 people, while maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
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Under the rules, fossickers should ensure they can get to and from target locations within a day, because camping and overnight stays are banned.
Fossicking under rules governed by a miner’s right licence is permitted in state forests and regional parks, some national and state parks and waterways.
It is also allowed on private property with landholder permission. Gold-rich areas of the Wimmera are traditionally popular with fossickers.
Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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