Direct Mining Spending Boosts Broken Hill Economy

Direct Mining Spending Boosts Broken Hill Economy

February 19, 2019

The NSW Minerals Council’s latest annual member company Expenditure Survey has found that the 28 participating mining companies directly injected $147 million into Broken Hill’s economy in 2017/18, supporting hundreds of local jobs and generating millions in additional spending across the region.

Direct Mining Spending Boosts Hunter Economy - Maitland

Direct Mining Spending Boosts Hunter Economy - Maitland

February 19, 2019

The NSW Minerals Council’s latest annual member company Expenditure Survey has found that the 28 participating mining companies directly injected $4.3 billion into the Hunter economy in 2017/18, supporting thousands of jobs and generating millions in additional spending across the region, particularly in local mining communities.

Environment

Our natural resources are precious - our mineral resources, water resources and land used for food production and other important industries. Mining does have an effect on the environment. Our job is to keep it to a minimum. We work hard at it and there are strict regulations in place to make sure it happens.
 
While mining only uses around 0.1% of the land in NSW, our mining operations must be planned, operated and completed to minimise potential impacts on land and biodiversity, water, air quality and noise. Plans for mining projects go through rigorous independent scientific assessments to make sure environmental impact are minimised and managed, and we invest huge resources in new and innovative ways to reduce our footprint.  
 
Mining begins with exploration, when the potential for a mine is first identified and environmental data collection begins. Exploration is a key part of mining, but does not guarantee that mining will occur. 
 
Before a mine is approved, environmental management plans must be developed and approved by state and federal government regulators. The independent Planning and Assessment Commission decides whether major mining proposals can proceed. These plans make sure the mine adheres to legal requirements and that there are systems to manage and minimise potential impacts on the environment and surrounding communities.
 
Mining is a temporary land use and when mining is complete, we restore the land to valuable post-mining uses that are determined by the government. We put a lot of effort and resources into making sure that the land can be used for agriculture, biodiversity conservation or other uses. You can learn more at World Class Miners.

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