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Restart of Avebury mine to boost West Coast jobs

Will Hodgman, Premier

The mining sector is a pillar of Tasmania’s economy, responsible for 55 per cent of our exports and supporting thousands of jobs in regional communities.

The Avebury Nickel mine has been in care and maintenance since 2009, but today Dundas Mining Pty Ltd have announced a planned restart of mining operations, with the aim to have the mine back in production from January 2019.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is supporting the reopening of the Avebury mine by providing a support package which will deliver up to $3.5 million of payroll tax relief.

In a massive boost for jobs on the West Coast, Dundas advises that recruitment will begin immediately for more than 200 jobs in mining, processing and administration.

This builds upon our previous support for mining on the West Coast, including $9.5 million for essential works at the Mt Lyell copper mine, and $2 million in the 2018-19 Budget for a new Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative to develop new opportunities.

The Tasmanian Government will continue to strongly support our mining sector, as a key part of our plan to generate further economic activity and support local jobs in our regional communities.