Since August 1992 when the Mining Act 1992 commenced, fossicking licences have not been required for fossicking in New South Wales. Under the terms of this Act, fossicking may now be carried out anywhere in the state providing the following conditions are met: •No other Act or law applies which would prevent it; •The landholder's consent is obtained; •The consent of any public or local authority having the management, control or trusteeship of the land is obtained; and •The titleholder's consent is also obtained, where the location is covered by a current title under the Mining Act 1992 Legislation.
(This title may be an exploration licence, assessment lease, mining lease, mineral claim or Opal Prospecting Licence).
In 1936, several Indigenous families living at a local government settlement were forced to move to the Brewarrina settlement.
Since that time, the local Indigenous population has increased because of the influx from other regions of Indigenous people seeking work in opal mining or agriculture.
Lightning Ridge is an important paleontological site, with fossils dating back to the Cretaceous period, 110 million years ago.
Lightning Ridge has an abundance of hot water from a bore spring into the Great Artesian Basin and offers two hot water pools for bathing.
The public can tap mineral water at a hose in Harlequin Street.
Lightning Ridge is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south.
Lightning Ridge is a flourishing tourist town with numerous caravan (camper-trailer) and camping parks, the previously very rustic Diggers' Rest pub (which has burned down for the third time) and a well-appointed bowling club with its one natural grass and a second artificial grass bowling greens.