New survey results: support for mining remains strong

August 14, 2017

Support for the Hunter mining industry among Upper Hunter communities remains strong according to new public opinion research completed late last week.
Last week ReachTel surveyed a representative sample of over 2,000 people across the State electorates of Cessnock, Maitland and Upper Hunter.  The survey found support for the local mining industry at 62 percent, slightly higher than a similar Reachtel poll completed three years ago.  
Last week’s survey also found strong recognition of the economic importance of mining to the region. 79 percent of those surveyed last week agreed that mining is important for the future of the Hunter economy - an almost identical result to the poll conducted in 2014. 
“This latest research confirms support for mining is strong across the Upper Hunter, including many of the communities closest to current mining operations. These electorates all have a strong mining presence in their local communities and are close to many of the Hunter’s large mining operations,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.  
“The research also shows most people understand the important relationship between a strong mining sector in the Hunter and a strong Hunter economy.”
“While we welcome this ongoing strong support for mining, we also understand that some in the community do have different views and concerns. We will continue to work hard to address these concerns so we can maintain strong community support into the future.”

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

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