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Labor Team visits Warkworth Mine



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THE HON GARY GRAY MP Shadow Minister for Resources Shadow Minister for Northern Australia Shadow Special Minister of State

Member for Brand

THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Federal Member for Hunter Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Member for Hunter ___________________________________________________________

24 July 2014

LABOR TEAM VISITS WARKWORTH MINE

Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy Gary Gray joined Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon on a visit to Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley-Warkworth mine sites today.

“The main purpose of the visit was to provide Gary with an update on the Hunter’s coal industry and its on-going contribution to the local economy and community,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Mr Gray said he is keen to work with the industry to create wealth and to protect jobs.

“Low coal prices, a high Australian Dollar and the ebbing off of the construction phase of the mining boom are putting profitability under pressure and costing jobs. We want to send a clear message that we support the sector and remain determined to work with it to encourage investment and to create jobs”, Mr Gray said.

Mr Fitzgibbon said that despite the down-turn, the mining industry remains critical to the Hunter’s economy.

“Gary and I want to give the industry every chance to create wealth and jobs in Australia. While the industry must be subject to a strict environmental approvals and regulatory regime, I reject those voices calling for a smaller role for coal in the Hunter’s economy,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Media Contact: Helen Hansen (Gray) 0407 772 923 Christine Boyd (Fitzgibbon) 0488 654 527