Why can’t we do this here?

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell isn’t wasting time getting his state moving after so many long years of stagnation under Labor governments. His major initiative is around kickstarting mining after a long moratorium in the state.

LEGISLATION to allow mining companies to explore for uranium in NSW will be introduced to Parliament after state cabinet agreed to overturn a decades-old ban.

The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and the Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher, will announce the decision today, arguing it will help boost the state economy.

”It is time for NSW to look at every opportunity to join the mining boom, which is delivering enormous profits and jobs to Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia,” Mr O’Farrell said.

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He said the first step was to establish the scope of uranium deposits in NSW. The ban on exploration has prevented a clear understanding of potential deposits but the government says it is aware they may exist around Broken Hill.

”We are not about to rush into mining uranium until we have carried out the necessary environmental and exploration checks and have had a mature and sensible discussion about utilising this resource, but we would be crazy not to look at whether this is a viable industry which would deliver jobs and revenue to NSW,” Mr O’Farrell said.

I’m not sure if we have uranium, but we have plenty of other minerals lying in the ground. We need to get over the squawking of a few rowdies and put the economy and jobs first .


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