Minerals Taskforce to drive Economy and Employment in NSW Mining Industry

May 21, 2014

Most people understand the importance of the NSW mining industry in delivering thousands of jobs and underpinning the economic strength of the state.  This fact is now officially recognised with NSW Minister for Resources, Anthony Roberts, appointing a new Taskforce charged with developing an Industry Action Plan to drive economic and employment growth in the mining sector over the next ten years. 
NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee has been publicly calling for a Mining Industry Action Plan since he first raised the issue at our 2013 Industry Conference.
“Over the last year we have been working hard to secure a commitment from the NSW Government to a Mining Industry Action plan.” Stephen Galilee said.  
“This commitment from the NSW Government is a welcome recognition of the importance of mining for NSW, for jobs, investment, trade, infrastructure, regional development, and energy supply.” 
“The Action Plan process is also an important opportunity for the mining industry to seek progress on key policy issues on behalf of mining workers and mining communities.”
Members of the newly appointed Taskforce include NSW Minerals Council Chairman David Moult, Deputy Chair Stefanie Loader, and CEO Stephen Galilee.
Minister Roberts said, "The Minerals Industry Action Plan, the first of its type, demonstrates how serious the NSW Government is in boosting the State’s economy and creating employment."
"It will provide a roadmap for the growth in the minerals sector while balancing the need to protect our valuable agricultural land and water resources. NSW is home to a vibrant minerals industry that provides 33,000 direct jobs and more than 130,000 support jobs. Many of these jobs are in regional NSW supporting miners and their families, businesses and entire communities."
Read more about the announcement on the Resources and Energy website.

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