Council welcomes ‘Keep it in the Regions’ report

Cessnock City Council welcomed recommendations released by the Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources Committee following an inquiry into mining sector support for regional business.

Cessnock City Council made a submission to the inquiry, sharing challenges small businesses face in the Cessnock Local Government Area and highlighting how the mining sector can better support business in regional economies.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent was invited to present on the submission and not only advocated for small business but for better outcomes for communities directly impacted by mining.

The 21 recommendations made by the Committee in the “Keep it in the regions: Mining and resource industry support for business in regional economies” report have been praised by Council.

Mayor Pynsent said the findings are positive and he looks forward to the implementation of the recommendations by the Federal Government’s in the short term.

The recommendations are extremely positive for small to medium size businesses working in the mining sector. The tightening up of payment terms, contract terms and increased commitment to local procurement are much needed.

The report also highlights the need for the adoption of funding programs that allows regional areas directly impacted by mining to get their share of royalties from resource extraction locally. I’m sure other communities faced with the impacts of mining legacy will agree that it’s about time we see the money returned to our communities through infrastructure.”

To view this report visit www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Industry_Innovation_Science_and_Resources/MiningSector/Report.



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