Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced that he will continue to fight for Gunnedah following the 2013 report for Economic Assessment of Mining Affected Communities. Gunnedah was not recognised as an eligible council to apply for Resources for Regions funding.


Mr Anderson said he is bitterly disappointed that the 2013 Economic Assessment does not recognise Gunnedah as a mining affected community, and will continue to lobby the Deputy Premier on behalf of the area.


“I was successful in asking that the method used to assess the degree of mining affectedness be adjusted to take into account other factors.


“But unfortunately, even with these new criteria, Gunnedah, which has a number of major projects in the planning system, is still ranked behind other Local Government Areas which have been heavily impacted by mining for many years.


“Gunnedah has been ranked 21st and only 11 LGAs have been funded in this round.


“In the 2012 Assessment the definition of a ‘mining-affected community’ was extended to include not only LGAs that are directly affected by mining but also LGAs that are indirectly affected, such as LGAs that neighbour active mining areas and provide dormitory services and/or are heavy vehicle transport thoroughfares. I believed that Gunnedah was in that category,” Mr Anderson said.


The indicator selected for these indirect impacts was the estimated number of mining-related truck movements in the LGA each day.


However, based on the 2013 assessment, Gunnedah LGA ranked insufficiently high on royalties paid (score 1.9 out of 100), royalties per capita (score 3.6 out of 100), mining-related truck movements (score 1.4 out of 50) or mining-related employment (score 12.2 out of 50) to place it in the top ten overall.


“At this time Gunnedah does not rank high enough compared to other regions however we have a number of significant mining projects on the horizon and if approved will clearly change the state of play.


“I am nevertheless very confident that Gunnedah will benefit from the program in the future and will work with council and the community to develop the best case for consideration.


I have requested a briefing with the departmental officers who put together the report and I won’t rest until Gunnedah is properly recognised for the impacts that mining has on our community and region as a whole,” Mr Anderson concluded.


Resources for Regions is sourced from Restart NSW, the NSW Government's fund for infrastructure to support economic growth and productivity and is managed by Infrastructure NSW.


The objective of the program is to relieve infrastructure constraints and support NSW communities affected by mining.

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