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09/12 - New Heritage Book Showcases NSW Mining History


Minister for Regulatory Reform
Minister for Mineral Resources
The Hon. Peter Primrose MLC

26 November 2009

New Heritage Book Showcases NSW Mining History

Minister for Mineral Resources, Peter Primrose today launched a new chronicle of mining in
NSW, which charts the industryÔÇÖs history from the first workings at Newcastle to the end of the
boom days of the early 1900s.

ÔÇ£Mining in NSW: History and HeritageÔÇØ was written by mining heritage historians Dr Michael
Pearson and Dr Barry McGowan.

ÔÇ£One thing thatÔÇÖs very clear from reading this book is the change in environmental management
standards over the yearsÔÇØ said Mr Primrose.

ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs also obvious from many of the photos that mining practices in the past were not regulated
as rigorously as they are today.

ÔÇ£Mining has provided enormous economic benefits for the people of NSW for over 200 years
and through initiatives like this, we recognise the importance of the industry to so many
communities over the years,ÔÇØ he said.

The book features more than a hundred outstanding photos, providing a compelling insight into
what our early miners had to face. It also enables readers to assess a site and determine its
heritage significance based on the mining of 25 different mineral groups.

Mr Primrose said effective mine rehabilitation is a key part of ensuring that mineral resources
development in NSW is sustainable.

ÔÇ£Today the Government requires all mines to meet strict environmental guidelines and retains
substantial security deposits to ensure that all sites are fully rehabilitated when mining is
completed,ÔÇØ he said.

ÔÇ£There are currently over 570 known closed, abandoned or disused mines in NSW where no
individual or company can be held responsible, leaving the Government to undertake
necessary rehabilitation works - many of these mine sites date from the 19th
and early 20th


ÔÇ£This governmentÔÇÖs commitment to setting the mistakes of the past right remains strong.

ÔÇ£This financial year, the State GovernmentÔÇÖs Derelict Mines Program will carry out rehabilitation
on 30 mine sites with major projects ranging from safety management to environmental
remediation,ÔÇØ he said.

Mining in NSW: History and Heritage is available now from the Industry & Investment NSW
bookshop by phoning 1300 736 122 or via email ($60.00 + p&h)

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