Lift-off for the TMEC listening tour in the West and North West
TMEC’s Listening Tour saw several West Coast residents share insights with local Mine Managers about community needs and what a contemporary engagement model could feature.
This builds on insights shared at Tasmania’s Premier Business Conference in July. At the Devonport Conference, experts spoke about what makes regional communities loveable and two North West Secondary school students spoke about their expectations of employers. The results of a survey of NW Secondary School students and their perceptions of careers in the minerals and manufacturing sector was also shared with conference delegates.
The Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) CEO, Ray Mostogl said, “There was an air of nostalgia on a misty rainy night in Queenstown as community and industry met at Penghana, the former home of the first and many other General Managers of Mount Lyell”. “In recent times there appears to be many individuals and interest groups telling West Coasters what is good for them when it comes to creating a sustainable community. TMEC thought it would be better to ask some of the people who make up this community,” said Ray Mostogl.
Mining and mineral processing has been such a big part of the West Coast story, but it would be fair to say in the 21st century, with mineral based exports climbing and now accounting for 60% of Tasmania’s export, the local community has not seen the same proportional benefit. Discussions centred around not relying on community donations alone but leveraging the best of what the minerals industry has to offer and applying it towards a more vibrant and diversified economy which benefits all residents.
The following day Mine Managers attended the Zeehan Study Hub and heard from representatives from TasTAFE, UTAS and Commonwealth research bodies about what is available to the minerals industry.
Ray Mostogl said, “TMEC has got the start of a contemporary community engagement model and will be pursuing this with the existing West Coast entities to see how we can help bring more resources to assist the local community achieve its objectives. It has been a very promising start”.