Hunter coal jobs on rise

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - ELIZ­A­BETH FABRI

“There’s been a sus­tained re­cov­ery in business con­di­tions for coal min­ing in NSW over the last 18 months, with in­creased com­mod­ity prices de­liv­er­ing jobs in our coal min­ing re­gions.”

HEALTHY de­mand for coal from key in­ter­na­tional mar­kets is de­liv­er­ing more jobs for the NSW min­ing in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to NSW Min­er­als Coun­cil chief executive Stephen Galilee.

Re­cent fig­ures from in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tion Coal Ser­vices re­ported more than 20,600 coal pro­duc­tion jobs across the State in July; 1300 ad­di­tional jobs year- on year, and the high­est amount since March 2015.

Of the newly cre­ated jobs, more than 1000 were based in the Hunter Val­ley, sig­nalling good news for the 8000 plus min­ing sup­plier busi­nesses across the re­gion.

“Our NSW coal min­ing com­mu­ni­ties have done it tough over the past few years, so this jobs boost min­ing is re­ally good news for lo­cal economies,” Mr Galilee said.

“There’s been a sus­tained re­cov­ery in business con­di­tions for coal min­ing in NSW over the last 18 months, with in­creased com­mod­ity prices de­liv­er­ing jobs in our coal min­ing re­gions.

“With the right pol­icy set­tings that make the most of grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, our coal min­ing in­dus­try can con­tinue to de­liver em­ploy­ment, in­vest­ment and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity well into the fu­ture.”

Image: Yan­coal.

Hunter Val­ley Op­er­a­tions, NSW.

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