Premier Baird visits the Hunter: Mining supporters speak up on social media

April 29, 2015

Premier Baird’s visit to the Hunter to meet local residents - including mine workers at Mount Thorley Warkworth and Drayton South - has been met with a positive response across NSW, particularly on social media.

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Pictured: Premier Baird addresses miners at Anglo American's Drayton mine
 
“I fully support the mining industry and look forward to it continuing to employ people in the Hunter” Rob commented on the Premier’s Facebook page.
 
Plenty of local Hunter residents are publicly calling for coexistence between industries in the Hunter, to secure employment that will benefit the community.
 
“I live next to Bulga, I work In the horse industry part time and work at Mt Thorley Warkworth part time. I am proof they both can co-exist. Go ahead with the Mt Thorley Warkworth extension - the community needs it. I was raised in Singleton and know how much mining means to the community!” Facebook user, Amanda told Mr Baird.
 
Premier Baird expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet with the real people in the Upper Hunter affected by the government’s decisions, rather than trying to assess the situation from afar. 
 
"What I've become tired of in government is just relying on briefings and trying to read newspapers," Mr Baird said. "I think it is much better to get out and actually understand yourself by listening and seeing, and then you have a basis where you can start to make decisions."
 
When asked about his opinion of coal mining in the Hunter by reporters, Premier Baird acknowledged its importance to the state.
 
"It's an important part of the economy and has been for a long time and the expectation is it will be for many years going forward," he said.
 
Our CEO, Stephen Galilee has called on the NSW government to approve two major mining projects, currently caught up in the NSW Planning system. 
 
‘‘The visit allows the premier to meet some of the 1800 hard working miners whose jobs are hanging in the balance, caught up in the NSW planning system,’’ NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said. ‘‘With unemployment in the Hunter at nearly 13 per cent, it’s critical that the NSW government do everything it can to support job-generating projects in the region.’’

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