Mining industry needs the NBN: QRG boss

Mining boss and entrepreneur Wayne Gerard is leading a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the National Broadband Network to the mining industry.

Gerard, who leads a new collective of resources companies named QRG, told Australian Mining future innovation in the mining industry relied on the roll-out of the NBN and its availability in mining regions.

"Automation and remote operations are set to transform Australian mining and with it comes the demand for fast broadband capability," he said.

"For the mining industry the NBN is an integral part of the need for growing efficiencies, improving safety and maximising return on investment."

Gerard also said ensuring the NBN was available in rural areas was key to developing mining towns and making them attractive places to live and work.

"Many regional homes and communities need better access to the Internet, in some cases far more urgently than most homes and businesses in the major cities that already have far superior and cheaper Internet access," he said.

"The early rollout of the NBN to regional Australia has an opportunity to shrink the lifestyle and economic divide between city and regional populations."

Gerard said a new website would soon be online to promote the NBN's rollout to mining regions, and a new Twitter profile had already been set up.

The campaign is the latest move by the politically active Gerard, who last week voiced support for an APPEA report highlighting the benefits of the oil and gas sector.