Direct Mining Spending Boosts Newcastle and Hunter Economy

February 19, 2019

The NSW Minerals Council’s latest annual member company Expenditure Survey has found that the 28 participating mining companies directly injected $4.3 billion into the Hunter economy in 2017/18, supporting thousands of jobs and generating millions in additional spending across the region, particularly in local mining communities. 
 
“These survey results show that mining’s contribution to the Hunter economy remains strong, with jobs and the number of local business supported by our members increasing,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.
 
This direct spending is estimated to have contributed 18 percent of the Gross Regional Product of the Hunter economy in 2017-18.
 
This $4.3 billion in direct spending in 2017-18 included $1.6 billion in wages for 14,045 full-time employees, and $2.6 billion in purchases from 4,168 local businesses, along with community contributions and payments to local government.
 
In encouraging signs for the Hunter mining sector, the number of direct Hunter mining jobs was up by 1,441 on last year at 14,045 compared to 12,604 over the previous year.
 
The survey found that direct mining spending in the Singleton Local Government Area (LGA) totalled nearly $780 million in 2017-18, including over $400 million in wages to 2,888 full-time employees, an increase of 430 jobs compared to the previous year.  Purchases with local businesses totalled nearly $380 million supporting 660 local businesses, 128 more than the previous year.
 
In the Muswellbrook LGA, surveyed mining companies spent over $437 million in 2017-18, including nearly $230 million in wages to 2,388 full-time employees, an increase of over 1,000 jobs compared to the previous year.  Purchases with local businesses totalled nearly $208 million supporting 660 local businesses, 83 more than the previous year.
 
The survey found that direct mining spending in the Newcastle LGA totalled over $1 billion in 2017-18, including $155 million in wages to 1,432 full-time employees and $968 million in purchases with 1,129 local businesses, 384 more than the previous year.
 
Across NSW surveyed companies directly spent $10.7 billion in 2017/18 an increase of $300 million compared to the previous year.  This direct spending included over $3 billion in wages to more than 24,000 employees and $5.6 billion on the purchase of goods and services from 7,135 local businesses.
 
“This survey, now completed for a seventh year, confirms that the Hunter continues to depend on mining activity for local jobs, investment and economic growth. The challenge for whoever forms government at the March will be to implement the right policy settings for mining so our industry can deliver more jobs, more opportunities, and better times for our Hunter mining communities over the long term,” he said.
 
Contact: Hugo Robinson | hrobinson@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419

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