Miners claim to shovel $37bn into communities

By Julian Bajkowski The minerals and mining industry is digging deep to produce evidence that its activities contribute far more to communities than the ill-fated Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) could ever collect. As the Abbott government prepares the MRRT for burial by repealing its legislation, powerful peak body the Minerals Council of Australia has […]

Councils and miners on collision course over road funding

By Julian Bajkowski The mining industry has given the cold shoulder to a renewed push from local governments, engineers and the federal bureaucracy to introduce a national ‘user-pays’ road-funding system to arrest the deteriorating state of regional roads. The resources sector now looks unlikey to come on-board with broader federal efforts to reform the revenue […]

Farming, mining industries team up to tackle skills shortage

Regional and remote communities will benefit from a joint initiative to improve skills training in the mining and farming sectors.   A new report states that farming and mining industries will need to step up joint efforts to overcome common labour supply and training issues in regional Australia to increase the availability of skilled, job-ready […]


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