The Australian Mining Cities Alliance officially kicked off today when Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan joined the mayors of Mount Isa, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill in Canberra for its launch.
Spearheaded by the three founding local governments, the Alliance aims to build a network of Australia’s mining communities, share knowledge and experience, and strengthen relationships with the mining industry across Australia.
Alliance chair, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler, said the group would now begin to reach out to corporate partners and Australia’s local governments to build the Alliance’s 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,” he 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 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.”