Established in 2013, Voice for Mining is a growing community of people who work in mining, and recognise the contribution of mining families and the businesses that support mining.
Each year, we stand together on Voice for Mining Family Day in Newcastle.
The Newcastle Knights men's team has proudly worn the hi-vis colours for more than a decade.
At Voice for Mining Family Day 2023, the men's team beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and the women's team beat the Brisbane Broncos in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 30,000 people, including thousands of local mining families.
We do it in support of mining families and the tens of thousands of responsible mining professionals in NSW.
And we do it to show just how much support there is for our mining industry.
There are many reasons to support mining and ensure that community leaders and decision-makers understand that there is strong support for mining and mining jobs in NSW.
There are thousands of people across NSW who work in mining and depend on a strong mining industry for their livelihoods.
For more than 200 years, the NSW mining industry has created jobs and opportunities for families across our state.
NSW mining directly employs around 40,000 people in NSW, and we support the jobs of thousands more people in over 7,800 NSW businesses that supply goods and services to our mines.
Today, we’re responsibly mining the metals of the future, including the essential components for making smartphones, electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure.
This includes metals such as zinc, copper, gold and cobalt for batteries, devices and electrical products, as well as high-quality coal needed to power our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.
Our mines pay $2 billion a year in royalties to the NSW Government which helps fund nurses in hospitals, teachers in schools and police on our streets.
And in many places across NSW, our mining families are the lifeblood of regional communities, working alongside farmers, teachers, tradies, and people in manufacturing, services and other industries.
As well as generating employment for families in the local community, NSW mining companies make a positive impact on the local communities in which they operate.
Mines enter into Voluntary Planning Agreements with local councils to help pay for community infrastructure and pay rates each year to local councils. Altogether, the mining industry pays more than $60 million to local councils each year.
Mines also directly fund road upgrades and support community groups to undertake their activities including sporting teams, social services, health services, and arts and environmental programs. Support for community groups totalled more than $7 million in 2017-18.
There are so many reasons to support the NSW mining industry. So join us and ensure that your voice is heard too.
Voice for Mining Family Day and Newcastle Knights Partnership
Join Voice for Mining to find out about how together we demonstrate the strong support for our mining families and our industry, like at Voice for Mining Family Day each year at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium.
Since 2013 the partnership has highlighted the proud work of tens of thousands of NSW mining families. They’ve been celebrated at the annual Voice for Mining Family Day along with all the good things mining brings to NSW, from jobs and spending with thousands of local businesses to royalties that have helped pay for schools, hospitals and emergency services.
The annual event draws around 20,000 people. The team wears the special replica hi-vis mining jersey twice each year as a visual representation of the connection between the club, rugby league fans and our mining communities.
There are so many current and former players that have worked at our mines including Bill Peden, Steve Simpson, Nathan Ross and Josh King.
This year, a special 10-year edition hi-vis jersey was showcased at Voice for Mining Family Day.
And a new patch on the back of the jersey references a range of metals and minerals mined in NSW, including gold, copper, silver, zinc, nickel, coking coal for making steel and our high-quality low-emissions thermal coal for electricity.
2022 has been a big year for the NSW Minerals Council and Newcastle Knights partnership.
As well as celebrating 10 years in partnership with the Newcastle Knights, NSW Minerals Council has been named as a foundation partner and major sponsor of the Newcastle Knights' inaugural NRLW team.
The sponsorship highlights our industry’s continued support for women’s sport, which has included sponsoring the Newcastle Knights under 19s team in the Tarsha Gale Cup since 2018.
Most people recognise that a strong NSW mining industry means a strong economy and jobs that support thousands of workers and their families across our region.
We want to make sure your voice and the voices of the people that support our miners are heard by the state’s decision-makers.
Take action now if you want your voice heard too, register now at voiceformining.com.au