Knights are coming to Tamworth in mining ‘hi vis’

April 17, 2018

Knights are coming to Tamworth in mining ‘hi vis’

Every team needs great supporters.  Go Knights! Go Miners!


The Newcastle Knights are coming to Tamworth as part of the Voice for Mining celebration that recognises all the good things mining brings to regional NSW.


On Saturday April 21 Rugby League fans will have the chance to cheer on the Knights as well as our hardworking local miners at Scully Park.


The Knights will take the field in their special high-vis replica mining jersey in support of the region’s miners and the hundreds of businesses that supply the local mining industry.


The Voice for Mining Family celebration highlights the strong connection between the Newcastle Knights, Rugby League, and our State mining sector.  This Round 7 clash precedes the annual Voice for Mining Family Day at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on 9 June when the Knights will again wear their hi-vis jersey as they take on the Sydney Roosters.


As a former Hunter miner, Knights winger Nathan Ross has a first-hand understanding of how important mining is to communities right across regional NSW.


“I worked as an underground miner, so I understand that mining is the beating heart of mining communities right around NSW and really important to thousands of families across the State. This partnership with NSW Mining is important to the Knights and also to thousands of miners and their families in towns like Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Werris Creek and right across regional NSW that contribute so much to their local communities,” Nathan Ross said today.


Tamworth Business Chamber president Jye Segboer said that there is strong crossover in the worlds of sport and business when it comes to leadership and teamwork.

“A lot of the challenges professional athletes face go hand-in-hand with those businesses face.”

He also acknowledged the importance of the local mining industry to Tamworth and the boost Saturday’s game will be for the area.


“The Voice for Mining celebration in Tamworth will provide a real boost for local businesses.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for the business community to be part of the NRL fever on Saturday.  This match will provide a chance to get up close and personal with elite athletes as well as lend your support to our local miners and their families,” he said.


NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said the match between the Knights and the Tigers will be a fun and positive event for Tamworth, as well as a chance for Rugby League fans to show their support for the families and businesses that help make up the local mining industry.


“Miners and their families are integral to towns right across regional NSW.  With healthy commodity prices, strong demand for NSW coal and record mining jobs in the region, this is a great opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution mining makes to towns like Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Boggabri, Werris Creek and more.  It’s also a chance for fans to become a voice for mining and support local miners, their families and local supply businesses,” he said.


Harry Stutchbury | NSW Minerals Council | | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419


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