Mounting opposition to mining camp

Opposition to a proposed $101 million mineworkers’ camp in Singleton, New South Wales, is growing.

This morning politicians, union representatives and Upper Hunter mayors will meet to discuss the proposal, and a residents meeting is scheduled for tonight, the Newcastle Herald reports.

Federal member for the Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon and northern district mining union secretary Grahame Kelly have both voiced opposition to The MAC group’s plan to build a 1500-room camp south of Singleton.

Also expected to attend this morning’s meeting are federal independent Tony Windsor, Maitland mayor and Hunter Councils’ chairman Peter Blackmore and Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen.

Kelly has previously said the camp would be for fly-in, fly-out workers and that it would result in local mining job losses for the Hunter and surrounding regions.

The Better Future For Singleton Shire Association is hosting the public meeting at Club Singleton from 7pm tonight.

The MAC’s development application is currently being assessed by Singleton Council and the proposal is on public exhibition until May 17.

The MAC group was not available for comment at the time of publication.

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