Premier to get his hands dirty in NSW coal

NSW premier Mike Baird’s visit to the Hunter Valley today has been welcomed by NSW Mining, with attendance expected at mining projects in the region.

NSW Mining chief executive Stephen Galilee said the visit to Anglo American’s Drayton South and Rio Tinto Coal and Allied’s Mt Thorley Warkworth coal mines would give the premier time to meet workers in the region.

“With unemployment in the Hunter at nearly 13 per cent, it’s critical that the NSW Government do everything it can to support job-generating projects in the region,” Galilee said.

“We understand that some issues generate a lot of emotion, demonstrated by the anxiety of the 1,800 workers of Drayton South and Mount Thorley Warkworth with jobs on the line.

Galilee highlighted his support for planning permission for the Mt Thorley Warkworth expansion, as a critical factor in maintaining employment levels at the mine as well as the indirect jobs affected.

“Following the six week public exhibition period for the Mount Thorley Warkworth project, 1,891 submissions received or 85 per cent were supportive,” Galilee said.

“If the NSW Government wants to strengthen the Hunter economy, supporting vital mining projects like Drayton South and Mount Thorley Warkworth is essential.”

Australian Mining has contacted the Premier’s office for comment.

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