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Protect mining communities from another Ravensthorpe: Greens.

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Media Release | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam Wednesday 4th February 2009, 6:11pm

The Australian Greens have backed calls for BHP Billiton to do more to help South Coast

communities following the closure of the company’s Ravensthorpe nickel mine.

“Despite a decline in profits due to plunging commodity prices, BHP Billiton today claimed

it enjoyed “robust financial performance” in the past half-year,” Greens Spokesperson for

Mining, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Clearly this will be distressing news to the residents of towns such as Ravensthorpe and

Hopetoun where businesses and families are facing an extremely bleak future following the

mine’s closure.

“This situation highlights the need to future-proof other WA regional communities whose

economies are heavily dependent on mining,” Senator Ludlam continued.

“If mining is failing us, then we need to start investing in industries that are going to be

around tomorrow, unlike mines that by their nature have a finite future.

“Is the State Government conducting vulnerability assessments for other mining-reliant towns

in WA?

“Which community will be the next to be stranded after the closure of a major mine?

“WA has experienced a boom-bust economy for 100 years or more.

“It is about time we started re-tooling the economy and re-skilling for jobs that we can

depend on in the future - such as in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.”

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