The State Government will remove a long standing rail freight concession to Western Mines, which could potentially axe more than 130 coal mining jobs in the Lithgow area.
National’s Leader Andrew Stoner said the transport subsidies, which have been in place for over 30 years, ensured coal mining ventures west of the Blue Mountains operated on a level playing field with mines based along the NSW coast.
“They figured out that the removal of these rail subsidies from central west coast mines will mean a loss of price competitiveness and ultimately that means business will go to other mines and jobs will be lost as a result,” Stoner said.
Stoner is calling on the Government to overturn the decision to remove the transport subsidies.
“Jobs need to be the focus of all Governments at this time and the mining sector should be assisted to keep on workers as we head into an economic downturn,” he said.
“As many as 130 production and construction jobs are threatened at export mines like Clarence, Springvale, Charbon and the new Airly mine near Capertee if Nathan Rees goes ahead with this latest cash grab