Mining helping local businesses to expand
December 20, 2011

A family-run motel in Lithgow, a couple of hours west of Sydney, is a great example of a business that’s flourishing thanks in part to the economic flow on effect of the investment that mining is making across the State.


Michael Inzitari, with his wife Sandra and son Chris, run the Zig Zag Motel, which has expanded three times in recent years. Their story started many years earlier when Michael’s mother and father moved from Italy to Lithgow in the late 50s and opened a fruit shop. Michael studied to become a mine surveyor and went on to help design Clarence Colliery, one of a number of mines in the area currently operated by Centennial Coal. After buying a pub with his Dad in Lithgow in the 80s, Michael eventually decided to take over the Zig Zag Motel, which has since gone from strength-to-strength.


Zig Zag Motel


We’ve visited Lithgow and checked out the Zig Zag Motel, which has added a restaurant and conference centre in recent years. Around 90% of their business is corporate and around 70% of that is from the mining and power industries. 


Michael is a big advocate for the town and says that the stability that the mining industry has brought to the town and the region’s economy has played a big part in its growth and its success.  


“We were a dirty town in the 80s and now, here we are, a coal mining town that has been named ‘Australia’s tidiest town’. It’s a great place to grow up in, a great place to work and we’ve got a great future ahead,” he said.


Photo: Chris and Michael Inzitari from the Zig Zag Motel in Lithgow

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