The Wilderness Society’s Vica Bayley states a stunning mistruth in his opinion piece (Mercury, 20 January 2015) that “mining has collapsed.”
The mining and manufacturing industry contribute $2.5 billion to Tasmania’s Gross State Product each year and the minerals industry employs more than 5000 Tasmanians and nearly 50 per cent of our total state exports.
So as you can see, fortunately the mining and minerals industry has not collapsed. With just under 10 per cent of Tasmanians employed by business that generate actual wealth, it provides a vital source of jobs and wealth in the economy and the State.
What’s more, the industry’s future is looking prosperous with current miners on the cusp of bringing their projects to fruition, such as Avebury Nickel Mine, King Island Scheelite and Stellar Resources.
Despite all of the efforts of the entrenched deep ecological groups, and them sharing their high level and unsubstantiated opinions, the mining industry remains robust and viable.