Anglo American Drayton South Mine

December 13, 2013

PAC Recommendation puts 500 local jobs at risk

Around 500 jobs are now under direct threat as a result of the Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) recommendation against Anglo American’s Drayton South mine expansion.

“Over 3,000 mining jobs have been lost in NSW in the last 12 months, directly affecting mining workers and their families and with wider consequences for the NSW economy. This PAC recommendation means another 500 mining workers and their families now face an uncertain future this Christmas,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.

“The potential loss of at least 500 jobs will be devastating for those involved and hit the local community hard, including the loss of $70m currently spent by the mine with local supplier businesses in local towns like Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone.”

“The Drayton mine has been operating for thirty years in a region where coal has been mined since at least the 1890s, in co-existence with other industries. The suggestion that mining cannot continue to co-exist there is short-sighted and sends a bad signal that mining workers are no longer valued in a region where mining has occurred for at least 120 years.”

Contact: Chris Rath or 0409 758 734

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