The NSW Government understands the importance of the resources industry as a driver of prosperity in our State.
There are 27,600 people directly employed in the mining sector, with another 110,000 indirect mining jobs providing employment to people across New South Wales. These jobs are particularly valuable in regional areas such as the Upper Hunter and the Central West, where mining is a crucial part of these communities.
In addition to the benefits for regional communities, the NSW Government receives $1.6 billion in royalties from the mining industry every year. This helps to pay for our schools, hospitals and other essential services across the entire State. NSW mines produce over 30 different mineral types, such as gold, copper, silver and coal. Coal also continues to be our State’s largest export earner with a value of $18.2 billion per annum.
We have also taken action to ensure that community expectations are being met regarding the environmental and social impacts of resource exploration and extraction. While acknowledging the importance of mining to NSW, we understand that a sustainable mining industry relies on strong environmental protections and co-existence with local communities.
Our Government remains committed to a strong, sustainable mining industry and will continue to support our mining communities across NSW.
The energy sector is changing rapidly, and we need to manage the transition so that we can deliver lower power bills for consumers while ensuring energy security.
We need national market reform, to give investors the confidence to build new power generators that will maintain security and put down prices. We have supported the work of the Finkel Review, and are currently working with COAG on the National Energy Guarantee.
The NSW Government founded the Energy Security Taskforce to improve our readiness, planning, preparation and response capability, and have been implementing its recommendations to prepare for summer.
We have a good mix of energy sources, and need to maintain a diversity of energy sources into the future.
While coal will remain a vital source of energy over the medium term, NSW is now home to some of the nation’s largest wind and solar farms as clean energy has become cheaper.
The Minister is responsible for water utilities policy for the Greater Sydney and Hunter regions and ensuring Sydney’s unique and precious water catchment is protected for current and future generations.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring both regions have a secure, sustainable and resilient water supply system that provides residents with access to clean, affordable and reliable water.
The Minister’s priorities for Greater Sydney and the Hunter are to:
The NSW Government is implementing an ambitious agenda for arts, screen and culture which is only made possible by the strong economic management of our state.
Our upgrades to the Sydney Opera House, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will ensure Sydney and NSW remains the number one destination in Australia for the performing and visual arts.
We are moving the headquarters of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences to Parramatta to ensure that the people of Western Sydney will get their fair share of access to our Cultural Institutions.
Beyond Sydney, our Government appreciates that arts and culture is the lifeblood of towns and cities across regional NSW.
Our rural and regional communities will have better access to arts, screen and culture through the $100 million Regional Cultural Fund that will provide key upgrades to cultural infrastructure from Byron to Bega to Broken Hill.
But we understand that our State is more than just bricks and mortar - it is our people who make NSW a vibrant, living community. Through our Create in NSW policy framework, we can celebrate the creativity and stories of the diverse and distinct voices that make up our state.