QUESTION: Is home lead fishing sinker-making legal in Bega Valley Shire
2, 21 Nov 2005, New South Wales Australia
Dear Sir / Madam,
Last week I emailed enquiring about the laws concerning the making of "homemade" lead sinkers. At a recent meeting, a local said that it was now illegal to smelt / melt lead for sinkers in the back yard. I haven't received a reply yet, and wonder if you could get back to me before this Friday, 25th November.
Thank you very much for your very comprehensive / exhaustive reply to my question re "homemade sinker smelting". Particularly, at a time when you are obviously having a "funding fight". All the best with the government finances!
And thanks again, I'll pass all your info on to the local boys.
ANSWER: 22 Nov 2005
sorry for the delay in researching and responding to your query but we've been trying to avert the closure of our entirely volunteer-run service by shoring up some funding and although we've gleaned none from state or local governments, we were advised today that if we can avoid paying bills until 8th December then the federal environment minister will come to our rescue.
I was able to contact your local council (see emails below) for the answer today and I trust this helps. If you would advise your members that prevention of lead poisoning (and lead contamination) is the best "treatment", then I'd sleep a lot better at night. Better still, you could let them all know about non-lead sinkers now available in Australia from www.aquariummonsters.com.au
It is important if people do proceed with this activity that they do not leave themselves open to being sued by their neighbours by allowing lead fumes or lead dust/debris to enter the neighbours' property. If any of your members is the type that says "I've been making sinkers for years and there's nothing wrong with me" then an excellent "proof" of this allegation is if they can also provide a very low blood lead analysis report for themselves organised through their doctor. Please refer your members to the following relevant factsheets:
system lead poisoning |
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