Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue workshop a success

April 12, 2013

More than 60 people met in Singleton yesterday for the annual Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue workshop, to build on work underway to address the challenges of mining in the region.
“Yesterday’s annual workshop was a successful meeting of mostly local people from mining, local interest groups, local councils and others, with a common desire to work together in a positive way to minimise the impact of mining and improve quality of life for people in the Upper Hunter,’ NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today
“It was an important opportunity for all those involved in the Dialogue to review what has been done, and foster new ideas for the future.”


“Progress was acknowledged on key projects, including a weather forecasting project that will provide mines with information ahead of expected challenging weather conditions to help them manage their operations accordingly,” he said.
Other projects highlighted included a study to examine the grazing of cattle on rehabilitated mining land, and a new Water Accounting Framework that has established a consistent method of measuring water extraction and discharge across Upper Hunter mining operations. 

There was also an acknowledgement of the benefits of greater collaboration on local infrastructure priorities between the industry, local councils, and business groups to focus lobbying efforts. This year additional infrastructure funding has been secured for the Upper Hunter through the NSW Government’s Hunter Infrastructure Investment (HIIF) Fund and the Resources for Regions Fund.
The Workshop also discussed several new projects including an examination of the best use of mine voids, greater collaboration on infrastructure, and the extension of the forecasting project to alert the public ahead of predicted poor weather.
“Local miners understand more needs to be done to meet the challenges of mining in the region.  The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue is proving to be an effective way to do this cooperatively, and we thank all participants from across the community for their valuable input,” Mr Galilee said.
Information about all the projects and other initiatives can be found at www.nswmining.com.au/mining-dialogue
Contact: Chris Rath crath@nswmining.com.au or 0409 758 734

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