Ashton ruling means much ­needed jobs for the Hunter

August 28, 2014

The Land and Environment Court ruling that the Ashton South East Open Cut Project is capable of approval subject to the resolution of conditions will help secure vital jobs for the Hunter region.

“The project will create up to 160 new jobs, as well as new work for the many contractors required to help start the development. These jobs are much ­needed at a time when thousands of local jobs have been lost in the region over the last two years,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.

“The potential economic stimulus generated by these jobs will also provide a welcome boost to the region’s economy.”

“Around 2000 direct mining jobs have already been lost in the Hunter over the last two years, taking a heavy toll on local towns throughout the Valley. Projects like this are needed to sustain the local economy over the longer term,” Mr Galilee said.

Contact: Brad Emery | bemery@nswmining.com.au | 0405 620 254 | 02 9274 1463

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