Over 20,000 jobs stuck in broken NSW planning system

October 24, 2014

New analysis has revealed that at a time of rising unemployment in NSW, over 20,000 jobs in mining alone are at risk in the state’s broken planning system.

6,000 current mining jobs are at risk and another 14,000 potential new jobs may never happen because of a planning system that is failing to deliver for the people of NSW.

An analysis of the mining projects listed on the Department of Planning and Environment's major projects website has found that these projects could provide:

  • 8,013 new construction jobs
  • 6,580 new operational mining jobs
  • 6,213 continuing current jobs - which risk being lost if applications are not approved.

According to the ABS, there are 33,500 more people unemployed in NSW now than when the current State Government took office. The state’s unemployment rate has risen from 5.1% to 5.8%, and is even higher in regional NSW, including in the Hunter where unemployment is currently at 8.4%.

And over the last two years over 4300 workers have lost their jobs in NSW in coal mining alone, including nearly 3,000 in the Hunter. Another 500 Hunter mining jobs are likely to go due to the Government’s refusal to approve an extension of the Drayton project.

“The mining industry has been going through some tough times, made even tougher by the state’s planning laws which are costing jobs.”

“The NSW Government knows the system is broken. They tried to replace it with a new planning system last year but were blocked in the Parliament.”

“Urgent and meaningful reform of the system is needed to protect jobs and restore confidence in NSW as a place to invest.”

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