Victorian Neville Perry’s fight to mine gold on 500-acre plot 180km north-west of Melbourne
The dying man’s desperate battle with officials over the right to mine for gold on his OWN land after the veteran prospector was FORBIDDEN: ‘It’s my future. It’s the future of my children’
- Victorian man battles terminal cancer and the state government over his country
- Holes dug by 19th-century prospectors in Neville Perry’s historic lands
- Heritage Victoria forbade the prospector from digging for gold on his property
- Mr Perry wants to fight for mining on his land in which he has invested all his life
- But Grandpa Neville Perry also wants to spend the time he has left with his family
A cancer patient faces a life-or-death struggle against the Victorian government after state officials ban him from prospecting for gold on his own land.
Father of three Neville Perry suffers from lung lymphoma and bone cancer and was given two years to live by doctors.
The 30-year veteran prospector bought land 180km northwest of Melbourne in 2016, where mine holes were dug by hopefuls during the gold rush of the 1850s and 1860s.
Neville Perry (pictured) said he wants to spend his last days with his family and grandchildren and not fight red tape
Mr Perry’s historic lands have been dug (pictured) by 19th century gold rush mines
Heritage Victoria told Mr Perry three years ago to stop looking for gold on the 500-acre site, but Mr Perry wants to keep doing it to earn a living.
“We have now stopped working on the basis of protecting the landscape of the old digging holes, for the visual view of the public,” Perry said. A current matter on Friday.
The landowner wants to spend his last days sensibly and hoped to have more time with his family, rather than fighting the bureaucracy and his grim diagnosis.
“It’s… the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is tell my wife and kids I’m terminally ill with cancer,” said Mr. Perry.
Mr Perry had been interested in the historic property for decades before he got the chance to buy the land and get the right to mine it.
“I was willing to take that chance, willing to take the risk and because it’s my super, it’s my whole life,” Perry said. ‘It’s my future. It’s my children’s future.’
The lengthy process of fighting for his right to make money from his country has landed in the pocket, and the process has taken more than “three years off his income.”
Perry’s family said the Victorian government department is trying to prosecute their father by depriving him of his bread by clearing his own land
Mr. Perry (pictured with his daughter Shalee) was willing to invest everything he had in the country
Perry’s three children have started a GoFundMe page with an ambitious $50,000 goal to pay legal fees while battling the ministry.
“We are starting this page because we would like to have the support behind him to fight the government agencies that are trying to persecute him and deprive him of his livelihood, by clearing his own land,” they said.
“Our father has been saving all his life in the country and this mining project. He wants to continue working on his own land without interference from departmental bureaucrats or government officials who take control.’
Perry added, “I can’t give up…I refuse to give up.”