Don Harwin has been appointed New South Wales energy and resources minister following a state government cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
Gladys Berejiklian announced a new-look line-up after becoming the state’s latest premier last week when Mike Baird retired from the top job.
Harwin, who has also been named minister for arts and leader of the government in the Legislative Council, replaces Anthony Roberts in the role.
The NSW Minerals Council congratulated Harwin on the appointment, adding that it looked forward to working with the minister on the challenges facing the industry and the energy policy challenges in the state.
“NSW mining is critical to the economic strength of our state, as well as maintaining the stability of our energy grid. Coal is our state’s most valuable export and coal-fired power provides around 85 per cent of our energy needs, as well as supporting the important regional economies of the Hunter and Illawarra, as well as communities like Lithgow and Mudgee,” NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said.
“Similarly, our metals mines in places like Broken Hill, Cobar in far western NSW, and Orange, Dubbo and Parkes in central NSW also bring in significant export revenue and support thousands of direct jobs and thousands more through local supply businesses.”
According to the NSW Government, the state’s mining industry includes about 40,000 workers and more than 8000 businesses which supply the mines.