The Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria (PMAV) was established in 1980 to combat the threat of large areas of public land being closed off to prospectors and smaller scale miners.
The primary aims of the Association are in part:
(a) To uphold and advance the heritage, rights and privileges of individual holders of Miner's Rights in the State of Victoria to fossick, prospect and mine anywhere in Victoria within the provisions of the Mineral Resources Development Act 1991;
(b) To make submissions to the Crown, Parliament, Members of Parliament, Statutory bodies, Local Government and the like, on matters affecting fossicking, prospecting, mining, and treatment.
(c) To assist individual members of the Association to take advantage of the heritage, rights and privileges conferred by the Miner's Right, and generally to support and advise members.
The PMAV is an apolitical organisation and the committee is elected to represent all members not just those of a particular political persuasion. We are in short a political lobby group but without a political ideology of our own. Our ideology is simply stated in the purposes for which the PMAV was established.
The PMAV has established a strong working relationship with many Government bodies and represents the interests of members on a number of committees set up by various Government Departments. It has also established lines of communication with many clubs and associations with similar interests, as well as groups with a general interest in the use of public land. Interstate Associations and clubs regularly communicate with the PMAV on issues of a common interest.
The PMAV has a central governing committee based in Melbourne and seven branches located in country Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. All committees meet on a regular basis. Members and prospective members are welcome to attend the regular meetings held by our branches throughout Victoria.
The Branches are geographically located in Central Victoria, South West Victoria, East Gippsland, West Gippsland, NorthEast Victoria, Western Victoria & the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Meetings are generally held in Maryborough, Ballarat, Stratford, Drouin, Yackandandah, Stawell & Mitcham.
For further details refer to the page titled, Our Branches.
Illustrated Australian news, 1864, Aug. 25
The Diggers Oath
We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.