Rural town supports mining village

 A town in New South Wales’ central west is bucking the trend by supporting a self contained mining village.

Blayney has received an economic boost for the extra residents passing through the town, the Central Western Daily reports.

Mayor of Blayney, Bruce Kingham, explained that while the benefits may not be obvious, they are there, despite the village being self catered.

His comments come despite the general backlash by country towns to self contained mining villages, fly in fly out, and drive in drive out.

Most recently, this has seen a group of BMA coal miners wives write to the head of BHP Billiton, Marius Kloppers, asking him to come to the town to see what mining in the central Queensland region is like, as well as gate crashing the miner’s AGM.

Kingham said retailers in the area are benefiting.

"This is a major boost for the economy," he said.

"They buy all their food locally."

The town is also seeing increased fuel, social and smallgood purchases, and expects the creation of new jobs for the village.

However, if the growth in mining in the region continues, particularly off the back of Newcrest’s Cadia gold mine in Orange, it may see rents in the town boom in a similar way to mining towns in Queensland, which saw prices jump up to $1000 per week in the space of three months.

 

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