NSW Labor has welcomed a report that shows growth in the mining and minerals sector will create jobs and help keep regional and rural economies moving.
The NSW Minerals Council report says the number of proposed metals and rare earth mining projects has jumped from 6 to 11 since November 2018.
The Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Paul Scully said: “Minerals and mining exploration in metals will play a crucial role in the future, especially as we manufacture renewable energy and other modern technology in New South Wales.
“The increase in metals and rare earths mining will include the extraction of cobalt, gold, silver, iron ore, scandium and limestone.”
These metals and minerals have a vast array of applications, including:
- Alloys for plane engines, batteries, colouring of paints, ceramics, inks and varnishes
- Dentistry, mobile phones, touch screens, computers and laptops
- Solar energy panels, semiconductors, photography, LED chips, lighting for films and television studios
- Bicycle frames, golf club shafts and fishing rods
“In addition to coal, these metals and minerals bolster employment in regional and rural areas. The industry supports construction and operational jobs as well as small businesses,” Mr Scully said.
NSW Labor supports a safe, strong, sustainable, responsible and well-regulated mining industry.
“As we move towards a low-carbon economy, the exploration and extraction of mineral resources must be underpinned by a stringent planning, approval and compliance framework”, Mr Scully said.