New campaign to stand up for Drayton miners and protect jobs

October 26, 2014

Fear, devastation and uncertainty. They’re just some of the feelings and reactions in the community to the NSW Government’s decision to reject the Drayton South Project.

TAKE ACTION: email NSW Premier Mike Baird in 60 seconds at

We’ve been talking to miners and local business people, with some featuring in a series of newspaper and radio ads now running in the Hunter region calling for action and save Hunter mining jobs.

LISTEN: new radio ads running on Hunter radio

Gus Mather, Centre Manager at Pirtek Muswellbrook, is one man who is deeply affected by what has happened. His father worked at the mine for more than 20 years. He set up the local Pirtek more than 20 years ago to supply the mine with hydraulic hoses. And his 20-year-old son is now an apprentice at Drayton and faces the possibility of having to move interstate to find work.

Gus says that the mine is very close to his heart and those of his family and employees.

“I could be faced with a situation where I’ve got to tell people before Christmas they’re out of a job,” he said.

WATCH: See Gus Mather on Sydney’s Seven News in Muswellbrook 

Others have told us that they’re “devastated” and are wondering what will happen to the area and whether they will have a business in the future.

At least 500 families are now wondering what the future holds as they face the uncertainty of unemployment at a time when the mining industry is under pressure and unemployment in the Hunter Valley is well over the state average at 8.4 per cent.

We feel for the affected miners and their families, who now face an uncertain future with Christmas approaching. For the affected miners, the Government’s decision is a real blow, made worse by the fact the decision was insensitively leaked to media before it was officially announced.

These ads are aimed at raising the plight of the affected workers and showing the NSW Government that abandoning hundreds of hard working people is simply not good enough.

TAKE ACTION: So if you agree, please take 60 seconds now to email NSW Premier Mike Baird and his Ministers now at and let’s keep mining strong.


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