Mining pride in the heart of Sydney on 29 June

June 18, 2014

Following on from the hugely successful Voice For Mining Family Day, the Newcastle Knights will once again wear their hi-vis jerseys against the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek stadium on 29 June.

The game will be covered nationally on the Nine Network - on Channel Nine in NSW, ACT and QLD and on GEM in the other states at 4pm - giving our world class NSW miners another reason to be proud of what they do and the contribution they make to the economy and the community.

The connection between the Hunter’s coal miners and the Knights is as strong as ever, demonstrated in a series of new videos featuring former Knights players, now coal miners, Bill Peden and Steve Simpson, and Knights captain Kurt Gidley whose father has been driving Hunter coal trains for nearly 40 years.

As Knights legend BIll Peden said “rugby league is a blue collar game and we’re blue collar people”.

Western Sydney suburbs like Fairfield, Auburn and Parramatta sit at the heart of the mining industry in NSW. In fact Sydney is the second largest mining region in NSW after the Hunter Valley in terms of mining industry spending.

Businesses across Western Sydney shared around $1.6 billion of purchases on goods and services from mining companies in the last financial year. The jobs and incomes this creates supports families and money pump money back into their local suburbs.

Now that’s something worth cheering for.

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