Coal miners lobby for mine approval to protect their jobs

HUNDREDS of New South Wales coal mine workers are lobbying the State Government to approve a mine in an effort to protect their jobs.

Anglo American's planned Drayton South project had its assessment suspended on May 21 by Planning Minister Brad Hazzard.

The 500 at Anglo's Drayton mine are relying on its replacement - Drayton South - to go ahead.

After 30 years of operation, the new mine would allow those workers up to 27 years of continued employment.

With that now in jeopardy, Drayton mine general manager Clarence Robertson said workers were now writing to the regional members of parliament to ask the government to reconsider.

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