Cabinet Visit To Singleton Welcomed

June 15, 2017

15 June 2017




Today’s visit by the NSW Cabinet to Singleton is an excellent opportunity to highlight the ongoing importance of mining to the region, the resilience of the industry, and the ongoing infrastructure needs of the Upper Hunter.


“Full credit to local MP Michael Johnsen for convincing the Premier, Deputy Premier and Cabinet Ministers to meet in Singleton. With the state budget due to be delivered a week later, the visit should be a great chance for Cabinet to further understand of the important role mining plays in the Upper Hunter and in the future growth of our State,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.


“Singleton, Muswellbrook and other towns in the Upper Hunter contribute so much to the NSW economy. We’ve been calling for more funding from the NSW Government for the Resources for Region’s program to ensure these regional centres receive the infrastructure investment they need.”


“The NSW Government recently provided a one-off funding boost to the program, however local councils need a more consistent funding model.  That’s why on behalf of mining communities, we’re calling on the Government to commit at least $60m per year to the Resources for Regions program.”


“4,400 local coal miners and their families employees live in the electorate of Upper Hunter, held by a margin of just 2.2 per cent, so the votes of these mining families will decide who wins the seat of Upper Hunter at the next election.”


Local mining operations also spend over $800 million a year on supplies with more than 1,600 local supplier businesses in the Upper Hunter electorate, underpinning the strength of the local economy.


“Winning the support of mining communities will require policy commitments on infrastructure investment, an efficient planning system that supports responsible mining development, and a reliable and affordable electricity network for households and businesses,” Mr Galilee said.


Contact: Harry Stutchbury | | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419


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