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Mining union calling on Muswellbrook Shire Council to back Mangoola project

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The mining union is calling on Muswellbrook Shire Council to reverse it's stance on the Mangoola Continued Operations Project.

In the Independent Planning Commission's hearing this week into Glencore's planned extension, Council put in a submission to say they were against the project going ahead. 

CFMEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy Vice President Jeff Drayton said coal miners had traditionally been able to rely on local government representatives to support their jobs because of mining’s contribution to the region.  

“Muswellbrook Council’s opposition to the mine was surprising and seems to be based on spurious grounds,” said Jeff Drayton. 

“All mining proposals should of course meet the high environmental and regulatory standards required in NSW. Glencore’s proposal for Mangoola does this, while also creating jobs and delivering millions for the local and state economy.” 

The Mangoola Coal Continued Operations Project, which is currently being considered by the Independent Planning Commission of NSW (IPCN), would extend the mine’s operation until 2030. The mine would otherwise cease production in early 2025. 

The union said the project would sustain 400 existing coal mining jobs, which would grow to 480 over the course of the project, create an additional 145 construction jobs and provide a $92.6million net benefit to the Upper Hunter over the course of the project. 

Mangoola Mine has a highest proportion of local workers of any in the area, with 88% living in the Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter and Singleton Local Government Areas. 

The Mangoola extension should be considered on its merits and not on ideological grounds, said Jeff Drayton. 

“I encourage all Muswellbrook Shire Councillors to reconsider Council’s position and back local jobs,” he said. 

“And I urge Muswellbrook community members to make a submission to the IPCN showing their support for the jobs and economic activity the Mangoola extension will create.”

Muswellbrook Shire Council is providing Radio Hunter Valley with a statement as soon as they are able.

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