Maules Creek a boost for NSW economy and local jobs

February 03, 2015

Whitehaven’s newly constructed Maules Creek mine was officially opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird today, signifying good news for the NSW economy and local jobs. 

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Pictured: NSW Minerals Council CEO at the opening today 
 
The Premier's presence at today's official opening also demonstrates strong NSW Government support for the more than 20,000 mining workers and their families across the state, and his support for mining communities across regional NSW.
 
“Today’s official opening of the Maules Creek project is a positive sign for economic opportunity and job creation in a region that has a long and proud history of coal mining going back to to late 1800s," NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
 
“It’s also a positive sign for the NSW mining industry that this project has been completed ahead of schedule and budget, despite the attempts of a small group of activists to stop the mine from proceeding."
 
The Maules Creek mine is one of the largest investments in regional NSW. The project is expected to produce around 13 million tonnes of coal a year, over 30 years. Once the mine is in full production, Whitehaven expects to directly employ approximately 470 workers during ongoing operations.
 
Around 80% of the workforce of Maules Creek is drawn from local communities and the company expects to inject around $126 million in wages a year into the Gunnedah region once the mine is fully operational.
 
 
Contact: Chris Rath | crath@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419 

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