Million Dollar Mine showcases mining to Sydney

February 28, 2014

The NSW Minerals Council and Sydney radio station WSFM today joined forces to demonstrate how important mining is to the people of Sydney.

Throughout WSFM’s highly popular Sydney breakfast program, Jonesy and Amanda Keller crossed to Lars Peterson at Centennial Coal's Mandalong Mine, located about 90 minutes north of Sydney near Morisset in Lake Macquarie.  

In case you missed it this morning, have a listen to Lars going underground and see photos from his trip down to Mandalong in our photo gallery live now on our Facebook page.



With a workforce of more than 300 people, and over 70 people underground at any given time, Centennial Coal's Mandalong Mine is a modern mining operation running 24/7 to help keep the lights on in NSW. Miners there produce 5.5 million tonnes of coal a year which goes straight to the nearby Vales Point Power Station for electricity generation.

The five week Million Dollar Mine contest culminated with today’s broadcast at Mandalong Mine where finalist Trent, from Cranebrook in Western Sydney, was given the opportunity to win $1,000,000. Trent was presented with a choice of 101 toy Tonka trucks, one of which would have seen him walk away with one million dollars.

Trent missed out on becoming a millionaire, but he did walk away with $10,000 and a smile on his face.

‘Million Dollar Mine’ has been a fantastic opportunity for the people of Sydney to lean more about how much their city and lifestyle relies on mining and how so many people are benefiting directly from a strong minerals sector.

Adding to the excitement at Mandalong today, rugby league legend Paul Harragon joined Trent and mine workers to show off the Newcastle Knights’ brand new fluro-orange ‘clash’ jersey. Listen to Paul Harrogan talk about his proud connection to mining on WSFM this morning.

The new jersey is styled like a miner’s high-vis uniform, and highlights the Newcastle Knights’ ongoing support for the 12,000 mine workers and their families who live and work in the Hunter and love their footy.

The jersey will be worn at one home game and one Sydney game, so this year, when fans and mine workers wear high-viz gear to the ground to support Hunter miners, they’ll also be wearing their team’s colours for the day! Jerseys are now available for sale at the Knights online Superstore. Pre-order your mens and womens jerseys today.

‘Million Dollar Mine’ is another opportunity for the people of Sydney to lean more about how much their city and lifestyle relies on mining and how so many people are benefiting directly from a strong minerals sector.

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