According to new research over two thirds of people in NSW support the mining industry, while 89% of people surveyed said a strong mining industry is important for the state’s future.
The new research, conducted by Crosy Textor, was released today by the NSW Minerals Council as its annual Health and Safety NSW mining conference.
“The research shows that 70% of people surveyed said they support mining in NSW and almost 90% of respondents agreed that mining was an important industry for the future of our state,” NSW Minerals Council chief Stephen Galilee said.
“The research also found that 83% of respondents believe the mining industry is a major contributor to the NSW economy and 76% believe the NSW mining industry has a long term future in NSW.”
Galilee said that industry uncertainty needs to be addressed through policies that support mining.
“A new state planning system that delivers certainty is a high priority. The current planning system review is an opportunity for the NSW Government to deliver a positive outcome for our industry and other significant industries across the economy,” he said.
Galilee said that at least 1370 workers had lost their jobs in the NSW mining industry over the last six months and claims the job losses will continue unless industry uncertainty is alleviated.
The new survey results come as anti-mining push from farmers and community activist is creating tension in some parts of the state. Grass roots campaigns to halt coal mining and CSG are on the rise in regional NSW and around the country.
Anti-coal protests in recent times have hit the Southern Highlands, Boggabri, and Victoria as campaigns against mining activity grow in strength.