BARNABY Joyce is bringing his mining inquiry to Tamworth, in an effort to learn about the relationship between the billion-dollar industry and local businesses.
The New England MP, who is the chair of the Innovation, Industry, Science and Resources Committee, is encouraging locals from New England and the North West to speak up at a public hearing next Tuesday.
The inquiry is looking at a number of issues, including payment terms offered by mining companies, the impact of FIFO workforce models, and barriers to involvement in mining industry procurement.
The committee has already received dozens of submissions from businesses and organisations around Australia, but Mr Joyce stressed he wanted to hear the full story.
“I want to hear the views of locals about how much of the wealth earned in our regions through mining is being reinvested in the regions,” Mr Joyce said.
“A parliamentary hearing can sound intimidating, but it’s really as simple as coming along and telling us your views.
“The economic benefits of the mining industry are not limited solely to the ‘big miners’. In any mining area there will also be a raft of businesses providing the mining operation with necessary goods, services, and logistics support.
“Ensuring that there is a close connection between where wealth is extracted and where it is spent is vital for regional economies.”
The hearing will take place on Tuesday, September 4, from 9am at the TRECC.
To register to speak at the hearing (which can be done confidentially), or to lodge a own submission, visit aph.gov.au/iisr.
You can also call (02) 6277 4114 for more information.