The NSW Minerals Council has today launched a new initiative to give a greater voice to people who support mining in NSW.
NSW Minerals Council chief Stephen Galilee said the ‘Voice for Mining’ initiative will help give a voice to those in the community who believe mining has a future in the state.
“The first phase of our Voice for Mining initiative is the launch of a new website to harness online the grass-roots voices of support for mining that we know are out there,” Galilee said.
“Our new website, www.voiceformining.com.au, will help us to do that, starting with Facebook and using the hashtag #voiceformining on Twitter, and we encourage people to visit the site, register and get involved.”
According to new research released by the Council this week, 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.
And a separate survey focusing on the Hunter revealed that four times more people support mining than oppose it in the region, with 73 per cent recognising the importance of mining for the Hunter economy.
“In the weeks ahead we will be expanding our Voice for Mining initiative with further options for people to get involved and make their voices heard,” Galilee said.
“It might be writing a letter or email to your local MP to support mining. It might be writing a letter of support for mining to your local newspaper.
“Mining plays a major role in our state and our nation and has done so for many decades, but we should not assume it will always be there to deliver the benefits we have all enjoyed in the past.
“We must support our industry, there are many ways we can make our voices heard, and I encourage people to visit the website and to find a way that they can be a voice for mining.”
The new push to encourage the support of mining comes as grass roots environmentalist groups are garnering strength in some parts of NSW.
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.