Do Aboriginals value Opal?
Is it probably more accurate to say that the indigenous people value the 'sacredness' or tribal, cultural and spiritual significance of a region or area. The term "sacred site" is the term most often used when any mining area is negotiated and it is the protection of the "sacredness" of a region that is foremost in the minds of the Aboriginal elders. Native title has had a massive impact on the Australian Opal industry. In the Boulder Opal industry specifically Native title has affected the method, procedure and process by which the miners operate. The requirements that are a direct result of the native title legislation is that miners are now required to gain permissions from the council elders to mine what was once crown land. The negotiations may take many years to secure a native title agreement on a lease. minerals.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/mining/opal_mining. At times the application of Native Title rights has caused immense strife: abc.net.au/news/2018-02-02/boiling-anger-in-remote-town-where-locals-unable-to-buy-sell/9384042 and abc.net.au/news/2011-09-06/opal-field-native-title-donnas-rush/2872798 legislation.gov.au/Details/F2001B00218
Unfortunately the Aboriginal Land Councils are not perfect and many have been charged with very serious allegations of corruption (just google it) google.com.au/search?ei=THn_Woq0D8Kc8QWchKyQDg&q=corruption+in+the+aboriginal+land+council&oq=corruption+in+the+aboriginal+land+council&gs_l=psy-ab.3...0.0.0.141184.108.40.206.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.hq8K_uMe_hg