The Western NSW Mining and Resource Development Taskforce will work with Narrabri, Balranald, Bogan and Blayney Shire Councils to determine ways that local communities can reap the greatest benefit from local mining development.
Minister for Western NSW Kevin Humphries acknowledged the positive economic impact that “a strongly regulated and environmentally sound mining industry” has had on Western communities. However, he said he was eager to see how some of the wealth generated from mining can benefit the communities affected by mining operations.
“Mining is an important $23 billion industry in NSW that directly employs around 13,000 people in communities across Western NSW,” Mr Humphries said.
“It is vital that the benefits from a prosperous mining industry continue to deliver jobs”.
Mr Humphries said the Taskforce will undertake a targeted study with Broken Hill City Council to inform Western NSW communities about how they can prepare and transition through the life-cycle of mining and resource development.
“As part of this trial, selected councils will identify the specific infrastructure required to both meet the demand of increased mining activity and contribute to job and economic growth in their area”.