Local community strongly supports Mount Thorley and Warkworth Operations

July 02, 2015

The people of Singleton and the wider community have thrown their support behind the 1,300 workers and their families from Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley and Warkworth mining operations. 

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Well over 2,000 submissions were lodged with the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) supporting approval of the project proposals currently under assessment. 
 
And a recent community survey of the Singleton local government area revealed strong local support for the continuation of the Mount Thorley and Warkworth operations 
 
The research conducted by ReachTel in June across the Singleton LGA found that 67 per cent of people surveyed supported the continuation of the Mount Thorley and Warkworth mine.  The research also found that the vast majority of respondents, nearly 87%, believed mining was ‘important’ or ‘very important’ for the Singleton economy.
 
“And over the last two days many local people, including mine workers, their families, local businesses and their local chambers again stood up at public hearings conducted by the PAC to voice their support for this project.” 
 
“While some do have their concerns about this project, it’s also pretty clear that there is very strong and widespread support across Singleton and the region for the approval of continued operations at the mine,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.  
 
“The local community has sent a strong message that they want the project given the green light so it can continue to support local jobs now, and into the future,” he said.
 
Contact: Nat Openshaw | nopenshaw@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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