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Hamiltons Blasting Services and David Hamilton fined and convicted over breaches of WHS Act 

Two men convicted and fined for breaching mining laws near Inverell 

On 23 December 2021, Inverell Local Court convicted and fined Robert John Walburn (65 years old) and Jedadiah Blake Walburn (36 years old), both of Inverell, a total of $60,000 each for three offences of mining without authorisation under section 5 of the Mining Act 1992.

The convictions are the result of an inspection conducted by Regulator staff on 16 November 2020 at a property on Rickey’s Lane Sapphire (near Inverell) where it was suspected that illegal mining was taking place.  

The inspection identified the two men on the property using earth-moving and screening equipment to extract sapphires. Inspectors identified a number of locations on the property where mining had occurred without a mining authorisation.

In delivering the sentence on 23 December 2021 the court ordered that:

  • Robert John Walburn be convicted and fined a total of $60,000
  • Jedadiah Walburn be convicted and fined a total of $60,000
  • 50% moiety of the fine to be paid to the prosecutor, and
  • $5,000 be paid by each defendant for the prosecutor’s legal costs. 

On sentencing, the court emphasised the seriousness of the offences, the environmental harm caused by the offending and the need for deterring others in undertaking similar activities. More information is available on our website. 

Read the media release

Opal mining video launched to improve safety for people working in shafts and at height

We have published a video to increase awareness within the opal mining community of the risks of working at height and working in shafts.

Falls from height are a significant safety risk that can lead to serious injury or death and we are committed to working closely with the opal industry to improve safety outcomes.

The falls from height safety awareness video was produced in partnership with the Lightning Ridge mining community and highlights the impact that safety incidents can have on family, friends and colleagues.

More information is available in the media release and the video can be accessed on our YouTube channel

Watch the video here

Lightning Ridge information sessions in March

We are holding information sessions in March in Lightning Ridge for opal miners to learn more about safety and to improve their environmental awareness.  

The Opal Mining Safety Workshop will be held on 22 and 23 March and covers the knowledge and skills required to be a mine operator at an opal mine. Topics include safety policy, hazard identification, maintenance, risk management, people management, emergency response plans and contractors.

The Lightning Ridge environmental awareness course will be held on 24 March and will include an overview on how to minimise damage to the environment while conducting exploration and mining activities.

Visit our website for information about the Opal Mining Safety Workshop and the Lightning Ridge environmental awareness course
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2022 Small Mines Roadshow - tickets now available

2022 Small Mines Roadshow - tickets now available

Tickets are now available for our annual health and safety roadshow for small mines and quarries, held across NSW during February, March, and April 2022.

These free, full-day workshops provide valuable information and resources to the small mines' sector that will assist you to maintain safe mining practices and also provide an opportunity for face-to-face engagement with the Regulator.

Limited tickets are available at the following regional locations:

Read more and register
New Resources Regulator website launched

New Resources Regulator website launched in December 2021

The new and improved Resources Regulator website was launched in December 2021.

The website improves the overall user experience and has a focus on mobile device usability. The new site has also been designed to meet best practice and accessibility standards. 

We hope you enjoy the new site and enjoy the new layout. We welcome your feedback to assist us with ongoing improvements to the website. Please email any feedback or suggestions to
Our new website
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