Today in Canberra the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matt Canavan will join the mayors of the mining towns of Mount Isa, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill to formally launch the Australian Mining Cities Alliance.
The Alliance is to ensure Australia’s mining cities have a collective voice and to maximise cooperation with Australia’s mining industry which underpins their economies.
The intention is to build a larger network of Australia’s mining communities, share knowledge and experience, and strengthen relationships with the mining industry across Australia.
The idea came together in October 2017 in Port Augusta and the AMCA will shift into operational mode in 2018.
Alliance chair, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler said the Alliance would reach out to corporate partners and local governments to build membership and support base.
“Australia’s mining cities know first-hand the importance of our country’s mining industry and are determined to make sure that communities which work most closely with the mining industry have their voices heard,” Mayor Bowler said.
“We assess that there are at least 50 mining cities across Australia, and we will invite them to join the Alliance to build our network and deepen our collective expertise.
“We will also be reaching out to Australia’s mining companies to join our Alliance with whom we have close, long-standing and inter-dependent relationships.”
Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch, said the North-West Queensland Minerals Province was one of the largest of its kind in the world and the future of many of the cities in the north and west of Queensland was vitally intertwined with the mining industry.
“Since the announcement of the Alliance in October 2017, I have received nothing but positive feedback – this was an idea whose time had come,” Mayor McCulloch said.
“We can only imagine what will be possible when other mining cities join us.”