Mount Isa has joined forces with Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Broken Hill to form an Australian Mining Cities Alliance (AMCA).
The city mayors announced the move at the annual Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference in Port Augusta this week.
Alliance chair, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler, said the objective was to share knowledge and experience, and to strengthen relationships with the mining industry across Australia.
“Many Australian mining cities have long histories in mining and processing ores, and have generated great wealth over many decades,” Cr Bowler said.
“But when downtimes come, these same mining cities are often hit hard with people losing their jobs and businesses leaving town.
“By tapping into our collective experience and by pooling resources, we can better address these sorts of challenges and pursue opportunities in a highly collaborative way.
“It is only early days, but I feel sure that mining cities across Australia will benefit greatly from this initiative in the years ahead.”
Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said it was vital that regional Australia’s mining cities had a loud and united voice.
“Our aim is to position the Alliance as a powerful educational and advocacy force,” Cr McCulloch said.
“Local councils are the voice of hundreds of local communities across Australia which are often dependent on a single large mining project or commodity.
“If that employer or prospective new job-generating industry is impeded by bureaucratic delays and processes, it’s our communities, and our families, that pay the price.”
The Alliance will extend an open invitation to other councils and mining companies – big and small – to join the group and collaborate on campaigns.
The Alliance will be formally launched before the end of this year.