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OPINION: Worth Cheering For

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Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council

Health and safety is the top priority of the Hunter mining industry, which is why we’re working closely with the NSW Government and our member companies to minimise disruption while maintaining safe workplaces. We also encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

During these challenging times it’s always good to have something to cheer for. The Australian achievements at the Olympics provided this, and so have the recent performances of the Newcastle Knights.

Last month the Knights again played in their famous hi-vis mining jerseys against the Cronulla Sharks. 

The narrow two-point victory was gritty and brave, and even more sweet with the team winning in the mining colours.

The relationship between our hard-working miners and the Knights continues to go from strength to strength. Most recently, NSW Minerals Council proudly endorsed Josh King for the Ken Stephen Medal. This medal recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has achieved on the field and also committed time off the field to community projects.

Josh is a consummate professional in training and on the field. We know from our engagement with players and the club that he is highly regarded by his teammates and management.

Josh has also made a very strong contribution off the field to the community, especially through his work with young people in regional NSW and advocating for NSW mining families. 

Connor Watson from the Newcastle Knights was the 2020 winner of the NRL’s Ken Stephen Medal and we know our mining families in the Hunter will be hoping Josh is awarded for his efforts on and off the field when the award is announced on Grand Final Day, Sunday 3 October.

It’s celebrating the things that unite our community that will help us overcome the challenges we’re facing today and in the future. 

Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council

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