Australian Mining Cities Alliance is launched in Canberra – by Derek Barry (Northwest Star – December 8, 2017)

The Alliance is to ensure Australia’s mining cities have
a collective voice and to maximise cooperation with
Australia’s mining industry which underpins their economies.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan has joined the mayors of the mining towns of Mount Isa, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill to formally launch the Australian Mining Cities Alliance in Canberra.

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the three cities all had similar issues. “We’ve all got questions around a successful future of our communities and sustaining the population as it is and growing it,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Mining is an industry that does rely on the world economy and we see booms and busts so we are coming together and working collaboratively and being recognised by the federal parliament as a body that can create and shape policy for the future.”

Cr McCulloch said the big question in Mount Isa recent years has been the life of mines. “We want to sustain mining as a big industry in our region and see what other mining cities are doing for the future of our communities,” she said.

Senator Matt Canavan welcomed the new alliance and said he was keen to be the point of contact for mining cities across Australia. “I’m happy to be a one-stop-shop for them here in Canberra,” Senator Canavan said.

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