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No mines here, apparently

Thursday, 20th March, 2014

Broken Hill has missed out on a share of $75 million for infrastructure projects in mining towns in NSW.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee welcomed the funding but said the government’s “Resources for Regions” initiative should be extended to include places such as Broken Hill.

“These infrastructure projects are critical for the economic development of our mining communities, but the program should also be extended to other mining-significant local communities such as Broken Hill, Gunnedah, Cessnock, Maitland and Lake Macquarie,” he said.

Earlier this year, the Minerals Council said the large number of jobs created by mining in the local district should have made it eligible for funding.

It said that at least 520 mine workers lived within the City Council boundaries and estimated the industry contributed to the jobs of another 2,360 people, or 28 per cent of total employment.

“Specifically, we have made a submission to the Government recommending that if a council has more than 1,000 residing mining employees, or if mining makes a total employment contribution (direct and indirect) of 20 per cent or more within the local government area, it should be considered “mining affected” and eligible to apply,” Mr Galilee said.

“The NSW Government should also inject more public funding into the Resources for Regions program in the next State Budget, and make a long term funding commitment to ensure the program can continue.”.

The Upper Hunter, Mudgee, Cobar and Narrabri will receive funding.

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