Scot MacDonald
LABOR JEOPARDISING CENTRAL COAST JOBS
2nd May 2018

Minister for Resources, the Hon Don Harwin today outlined how a Labor sponsored Bill threatens the future security of the Boral tile factory in Wyee.

Responding to a question from Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC, Minister Harwin also spoke on the role of Central Coast mineral extraction in the domestic construction industry.

The Boral Montoro clay mine, located at Wyee is a joint extraction and processing facility that producers terracotta roof tiles, one of only two such facilities in Australia and the only one in NSW. The factory has been supplying product since 1988 with 45 local employees, responsible for 9-10 million roof tiles each year.

The Wyong Special Area (Protection) Bill, introduced to Parliament by Labor’s Shadow Resources Minister Adam Searle, would cancel the consent for the Boral Montoro Clay Mine.

The closure of the plant would likely mean that roof tiles would have to be imported from outside NSW or overseas.

“This is an attack on the mining industry, the manufacturing industry and the jobs of people on the Central Coast,” Mr MacDonald said.

The Member for Wyong David Harris MP introduced similar reckless Bills to Parliament in 2015 and 2016.

“ALP Opposition Leader Luke Foley MP needs to explain why he intends to close down a large employer in the region, or if it was just pure incompetence on Labor’s behalf,” Mr MacDonald said.