Newcastle Knights and NSW Minerals Council launch 'Voice for Mining Family Day' home game

August 11, 2013

The Newcastle Knights and the NSW Minerals Council are partnering in a major community event to help local miners and their families have their voices heard in support of the vital contribution coal mining makes to the Hunter region.

As part of the NSW Minerals Council's Voice for Mining campaign (voiceformining.com.au) the Newcastle Knights will join with the Hunter mining community to host a Voice for Mining Family Day on Sunday the 18th of August, as part of the Knights home game against the Melbourne Storm.

The day will showcase support for mining in the Hunter, especially among the 15,300 miners who live and work in the region.

Examples of heavy mining equipment and vehicles, including underground ‘drift cars’, will be on display around Hunter Stadium.  The Westpac Rescue Chopper, sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council, will land on the ground so fans can thank the Westpac Rescue staff and crews for the valuable work they do.

Mining employees are encouraged to wear their personal protection gear to the ground, and for other fans, simple high visibility vests will be handed out at the gates so the home crowd can show their support for local mining families. Fans may even win a weekend away if they’re spotted wearing a vest.

Newcastle Knights CEO, Matt Gidley said the Knights were pleased to support local miners, as many current and former Knights players have been or are currently involved in the mining industry.

“Mining in the Hunter is a community based industry.  It provides an income for thousands of families who live in and contribute to their local community up and down the Valley,” Gidley said. 

“The Knights have a proud connection to local mining in the Hunter. Over the years many of our players or their families have worked in the industry and continue to do so. I’m proud that the Knights are getting behind this show of support for Hunter mining workers and their families on game day,” he said.

NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said that the Voice for Mining Family Day was a chance for local miners to show their colours and have their voices heard.

“We are helping thousands of local miners and their families to get to the game in support of the local industry,” Mr Galilee said.

“Mining is doing it tough at the moment but the industry has strong community support, particularly in the Hunter. This event is a great opportunity for miners and their families to be a Voice for Mining, to show the importance of the Hunter as a vital energy hub for NSW, and to show that that local mining jobs really matter and need to be supported,” he said.

More information can be found at voiceformining.com.au or www.newcastleknights.com.au

Contact: NSW Minerals Council – Brad Emery – 0419 297 004

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