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The Newcastle Knights will wear their hi-vis replica miners jersey when they take on the Parramatta Eels this Sunday, showing support for NSW Miners that are working around the clock to power homes and businesses in Sydney and across the state.

“Our partnership with NSW Mining is really important," Knights CEO Matthew Gidley said.  

"The mining industry is huge in the Hunter and rugby league is a big part of our community too, so it’s a great fit.

“We want to help show how mining jobs in the Hunter support thousands of jobs in Sydney, which is why the boys are proud to be wearing the hi-vis mining strip in Sydney against the Eels on Sunday.”

The connection between the NSW Miners and Knights is as strong as ever, demonstrated in a series of new videos featuring former Knights players, now proud coal miners, Bill Peden and Steve Simpson, as well as Knights captain Kurt Gidley whose father drove Hunter coal trains for more than 30 years.

“This weekend we’re bringing the Knights to Sydney. But every day of the year there’s another team of hard working miners generating electricity and jobs for the people of Sydney,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

“Suburbs in Western Sydney like Fairfield, Auburn and Parramatta sit at the heart of our NSW mining industry with business across the west supplying our mines.

"In fact, that economic activity generated in mining-related businesses effectively makes Sydney the second largest mining region in NSW.

“NSW mining companies spent around $2.9 billion with more than 3,400 businesses across Sydney last year. The jobs and income this generates supports thousands of Sydney families and pumps money back into their local suburbs.

“Plus, coal fired power provides 84 per cent of all NSW energy needs. And as the state’s largest commodity export, coal delivers a significant economic boost to the state. A strong mining industry means a strong economy and more jobs for workers and their families across Sydney and NSW.”

After the Voice for Mining Family Day in Round 13, this is the second and final time the Knights willl wear the hi-vis jersey in season 2014.