New mining campaign sends a clear election message.

November 17, 2014

 
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Hurt mining. Hurt NSW. That’s the clear and sharp pre-election message the NSW mining industry is sending as part of a new campaign launched today, in the lead up to the 2015 state election.  
 
Mining delivers so much for NSW and is one of our state’s key economic pillars.  However, when our state loses mining investment and jobs, real people are affected - from Western Sydney to Western NSW.
 
“NSW mining has been through a tough couple of years. The fall in commodity prices and a high Australian dollar have hurt our industry. Poor government policies and the broken NSW planning system have also made tough times tougher,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.  
 
“Our campaign outlines the benefits of mining, and also puts a human face on what’s at stake - real miners and small business people who have seen the impacts of the mining downturn first hand,” he said.
 
And as the campaign shows, its not just miners and their families who are impacted when mining hurts.  
 
Greg Green from DCL Engineering has a business in Western Sydney that is also feeling the impact. “We do gear-box repairs for mines, which support our workshops in Newcastle, Wollongong and Fairfield in Sydney.  If a mine is forced to shut, it’s not just the hundreds of miners out of work.  Thousands of companies are affected too.”
 
The radio, print and online elements of the campaign will run in the lead up to Christmas, and again in the weeks prior to the NSW state election.
 
“Our short term challenges can be turned around. The demand for NSW coal and minerals is strong, and there is significant potential to save existing jobs and create further employment over the longer term, but we need the right policy settings from government," Mr Galilee said.
 
“There are around 20,000 mining jobs caught up in the broken NSW planning system. But with the right policies from government mining can deliver more jobs, more opportunities, and real economic stability to our communities, our cities and our state,” he said.
Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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