Latest news from Mintabie is there are maybe 5 mining groups mining for opal amongst the several fields in Mintabie: Grasshopper Ridge, Goose Gully, Airport, Crystal Valley, kingfisher and Old Field. A new law went into effect July 2010 restricting the consumption of alcholic beverages to the local Mintabie hotel. This law is to prevent alchohol traficking in the surounding aboriginal lands…home consumption is also prohibited. Water supply has become a very serious problem in Mintabie: the towns 2 bores (or wells) have almost completely dried up. If a new supply isn’t found soon the remote outback town of Mintabioe may only become a memory…a ghost town of the old opal mining days.