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The Gold Rush isn’t over after all: 2kg nugget found in Ballarat

Finding a two-kilogram gold nugget is a good thing. Finding it when the gold price is soaring to record highs is even better.  That’s the situation one anonymous prospector has found himself in after digging up a beautiful 63-ounce specimen on the outskirts of the famous gold rush town of Ballarat in Central Victoria.

“He’s has already received offers of $160,000 for the nugget which he’s named “You Wouldn’t Believe It,” said Mark Day who operates Gold Ballarat.  “I’ve been in this business for 25 years and this is the biggest find we have seen by one of our customers – that they’ve told me about anyway,” he laughed.  The happy prospector, a retiree, has been metal detecting for a while, but hadn’t been able to give it as much time as he would have liked.  “He uses a Minelab GPX4500 and recently came into our store to upgrade his coil to one that was a touch more sensitive,” Mark said.  “It certainly worked for him because he came back with 42 grams of nuggets which made him pretty happy.”

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A short while later though, the prospector phoned Mark and asked if he was interested in buying some ‘big gold’.

“I said I wasn’t a buyer and asked him what he meant by big. He said two kilos and I just said ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’.  When he showed me the nugget here in the store he was shaking like a leaf. He didn’t know what to do with it. He hadn’t slept in three days,” Mark said.

The nugget was found about a metre down in old pastureland – below 30cm of wash and about 15cm of very hard clay.  The location was within 150 kms of Ballarat with the prospector keeping the specific site a secret for obvious reasons.  “He told me the detector made a noise and when he dug down a short way and found a .22 lead bullet and thought that was that. But the detector kept insisting there was something there, so he dug further and – bang – there it was,” Mark said.  “History tells us that big finds like this have happened in this area before, and even though they’ve been digging gold in this region for 150 years, it’s still out there.”

With gold passing the AUS$2,000 per ounce mark, the nugget has a gold value of about $130,000 but collectors are offering a premium for the nugget’s rarity. “People collect nuggets, they don’t want them melted down,” Mark said. “And this one has real character to it. We were in awe when he brought it in. It really looks good.”

While the prospector might have retired from his original job, he certainly hasn’t retired from his new passion.  Right after his find he went back to Mark’s store and purchased a top of the range Minelab GPZ 7000 and is already enjoying further success.

“He certainly thinks there’s more gold out there,” Mark said. “And after this, who can say he’s wrong?”


Spreading Community Spirt through Silent Discos: Coming soon to a city near you!

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours launches in Sydney on Friday 12th July as part of the Bondi Feast celebrations running through until 21st July.  The sensation that took Edinburgh Festival by storm last year entertained over 11,000 people over 25 days with 188 sold out shows!

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A liberating experience that brings randoms together for one playful interactive show of comedy, music and entertainment presented by Guru Dudu. Put your dancing shoes on and get on it. Shows start right across Australia starting this month right through the year thanks to the team of guides at Guru Dudu AND they’re on the lookout for groovers like you to lead your own groups in your part of the world too. . . Check out tickets, keep up with meeting dates and find out where to get down in the latest article as we interview Sydney guide, Dani Cabs as it launches mid July! . . #gurududu #bondifeast #dudugurumelbourne #goldcoast #duduguruperth #albury #bondifeast #bondifeast19 #bondipavilion #waverleycouncil

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Your inside look into Uber Air’s new flying taxi! Melbourne 2020!

The advent of the Uber franchise has revolutionised how we move, from electric bikes to shared pool rides and delivery.  It’s expansion and innovation leads it to the sky in a vision of the future that reduces dependence on individual car ownership, expanding access to transportation and opening immense mobility bandwidth.  It’s an ambitious project that has the backing of local governments and private enterprise that sees the production of a wholly new kind of aircraft that can scale in cities.

Elevate is the mission that takes transportation off of the 2D grid moving ridesharing into the sky.   In the coming years, at the push of a button, we will be able to book and passenger a flight a within minutes.   Melbourne will be the first as its announced as one of the pilot sites for next year.

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The circle of strife: GPS tracking of garbage – where it came from and where it went!

Litter Trackers is a collaborative project between RMIT and Melbourne Water, supported by the Victorian Government.  The project is the first of its kind for Victoria, and only the second time that litter has been GPS-tracked in Australian waterways.

In a Victorian-first citizen science project, GPS-tracked bottles will be released in suburban waterways around Melbourne to reveal precisely how litter makes its way from our streets to our beaches.  The Litter Trackers project will see RMIT University scientists working with schools and community groups to deploy 100 GPS-tracked bottles in 20 locations across Melbourne’s catchments and you’ll be able to see it LIVE and watch the interactive map that follows the journey of litter in our waterways!

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Children’s International Film Festival, Melbourne & Sydney

The ever so popular Melbourne Children’s International Film Festival returns 24 May to 10 June and also premieres in Sydney for the very first time.

Catering for children aged 4-16, the festival program will be bursting with workshops, visiting international guests and the very best family films handpicked from world-class film festivals, including a short film program by Little Big Shots.

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Let’s do brunch honey: Melbourne’s bottomless waffle seduction…

The retro-fit of the beloved rooftop at The Provincial hotel with it’s 10 beers on tap, wine and cocktail selection was enough to lure in the cosmopolitan urbanites of the city.   Now American Honey is taking over as it launches their Weekend series of “Let’s Do Brunch Honey” pop-ups this Winter.

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Wild Turkey American Honey Igloo Pop-Up only at the Auburn Hotel!

The Auburn Hotel is at it again.  Just when we thought they couldn’t top the botanical garden summer pop-up day beds, they’ve answered the call to Winter with a magical construct of igloos.   Teaming up with Wild Turkey, its the sweet edge of their American Honey bourbon that will flavour the complementing cocktail menu of the season!  Melbourne Rooftop Honey keeps the menu on theme with packages available also available for larger groups of up to 28 in the mega igloo!

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