GOLD PROSPECTORS HIT THE FIELDS

Prospectors hit Goldfields

as gold price soars

MALCOLM QUEKETT, The West Australian June 14, 2010, 7:11 am

Prospectors hit Goldfields as gold price soarsThe West Australian ©

It is somewhere south of Menzies and Greg Clark pulls his specially kitted-up ute off the road and heads into the bush.

There is low scrub, jagged rocks, a long-abandoned mine, and, of course, red earth.

It looks and feels like gold country. And it still is.

So with the price of the precious metal skyrocketing, closing at $US1226.70 an ounce on Friday, it is not surprising that Mr Clark is just one of a steady stream of amateur prospectors to have set up shop in the Menzies caravan park.

Mr Clark and his wife, Chris, arrived 12 months ago from Brisbane on a prospecting holiday and are still there, having found jobs in the town and bought a block.

“I like the community, it’s a nice little town, it’s got potential,” he said yesterday. “And there is gold in the area.”

The couple head out with their detectors whenever they get the chance.

In a week recently they found eight little pieces that Mr Clark reckoned were worth about $300.

“I would like to have found more,” he said. “But gold has got to want to be found.”

The key was to be patient, methodical and determined.

“Gold is where you find it,” he said. “When you think it’s not there, it could be there.

“You have to be patient and try, try, try. And dig every target, never leave one behind.”

Did he have gold fever? “No, it’s a disease. There’s definitely a bug involved,” he said. “There’s one with my name on it. I just don’t know where it is.”
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