900 NSW community groups were lent a helping hand to the tune of $16 million dollars by mining companies in 2013.
Research by the NSW Minerals Council showed that community groups in the Hunter received the largest contribution with $8.1 million going to 449 local community groups.
This was followed by the Central West which received $2 million, the Northern region with $1.7 million and the Illawarra with $1.4 million.
NSW Minerals Council chief Stephen Galilee said the contributions were given to projects which benefited the local community.
“Mining operations and their employees are part of their local communities and support the local footy and netball teams, the Men Sheds, the school carnivals and the local health charities and support groups,” he said.
“Most NSW mining workers live, raise a family and get involved in the local communities near where mining takes place.”
The new data forms part of a full release of the council’s economic survey which shows how much direct spending mining contributes to NSW.
A survey of the top 26 mining companies in NSW found they contributed around $12.8 billion on wages, goods and services last financial year.
The direct spending included $3.1 billion spent on wages, and over $9.7 billion in spending on goods and services with over 10,500 local businesses across the state.
It is estimated that the Hunter Valley region received $6.3 billion or almost half of NSW mining spending on wages and goods and services in 2012-13, followed by Sydney which received $3.2 billion, the Illawarra with $1.4 billion, the Central West with $1 billion and the North Western region with $376 million.
“It’s a clear demonstration of the benefits that mining brings to many people who never see an operating mine in their lives,” Galilee said.
“Mining is a strategic industry for New South Wales.
“It’s an industry that helped build this state and an industry that this state cannot do without.”