G’day All Gold Panners,
Saturday 16 February the 2019 Australian Gold Panning Championships. Final preparations are being put into place for the event.

This year, Fosterville Gold Mine has come on board as our major sponsor. This support along with continued support from our previous sponsors, has enabled us to purchase 5 additional panning bays, so we will now be running heats of 20 panners!

Pre-registration – Due to the volume of entries received last year, we have initiated pre-registration for the event. This option will guarantee panners a place within the heats. It also greatly aids in heat scheduling. Please email and notify us of the categories you wish to enter and the number of attempts you want to take. We will continue to take registrations on the day however please ensure that you get there early.

Total Fire Ban Policy – Its highly unlikely, however in the event that a Total Fire Ban is issued for the area on the day of the championships, the event will be postponed to later date. We will be monitoring the weather forecast closer to the day and will keep you informed of any changes.

New Panners – For those who are thinking of attending or will be participating for the first time, we have a novice category and plenty of skilled panners willing to give you some tips. There is also a free practice panning bay where you can find your own gold.

Lucky Strike Gold Prospecting will have a marquee there on the day for all your prospecting needs.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Marcus Binks
President VGA

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