Mining and farming thriving together
February 28, 2014

It might be news to some, but there are many examples of mining and farming successfully working side by side right across NSW.

Our NSW mines provide coal to keeps our lights on, and gold, copper and other minerals that help make our state a strong exporter.

But some of our mines also produce top notch wines, Wagyu beef, gourmet olive oils and grains, showing that mining and farming can and do work together.

The Hunter Valley is a traditional mining region, but it’s also known for some of the world’s best wines - and some of the grapes for these wines are grown directly above a Glencore underground coal mine. Don’t just take it from us; hear what Bob Kennedy, of Beyond Broke vineyard, has to say.


In the region is Edderton, where Trevor Petith is busy raising top quality cattle sold to some of Sydney’s best restaurants just two kilometres from the largest coal mine in NSW.


Over near Singleton, also in the Hunter Valley, Andrew Waite is producing olives, and gourmet olive oil, at Atulya Olive Grove, which shares land with Glencore’s Bulga underground coal mine.

But our miners’ work with farmers extends far beyond the Hunter Valley. In Central West NSW, Geoff McCallum has been growing wheat, barley and other crops right next to Northparkes Mines for almost two decades.

These are just a few examples of how mining and farming are thriving together right across NSW, providing all of us not just with energy but also valuable food crops. To hear directly from these farmers, check out our YouTube channel.

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