OPINION – Standing Strong Together

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The mining industry in NSW is known for its resilience.  Much of this is due to our ability to rally together when tragedy strikes.

On behalf of the NSW mining industry, the NSW Minerals Council expresses its sincere and deep condolences to all who have been impacted by the bus crash that occurred on the evening of the 11th of June.

Over the past few weeks many people across the mining communities of Singleton, Muswellbrook and beyond have been coming to terms with the loss of family members, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

In particular, our thoughts are with those from the mining workforce and their families who have suffered the loss or injury of loved ones.

Mining companies in the Hunter have been working to provide support for our people across the local mining workforce at this difficult time.  Mining companies have Employee Support Programs where employees can seek confidential help in working through issues arising from the tragedy. 

Lifeline is also on hand to support people affected by the bus crash through its 13 11 14 crisis support line as well as through a free Hunter face-to-face and online counselling service.  Lifeline has experienced counsellors and a psychologist who can provide free one-on-one counselling sessions online or in person in Maitland, Cessnock, and Singleton. 

For anyone wishing to give financial support to those impacted by the tragedy, a fund has been set up through Rotary. Companies and individuals from across our industry have already given generously to this fund, and further contributions can be made at www.rawcs.org.au.

Stephen Galilee, CEO, NSW Minerals Council

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