Hunter Valley Operations, NSW. Image: Yancoal.
BY ELIZABETH FABRI
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.”