The Newcastle Knights will take on the Penrith Panthers at the annual Voice for Mining Family Day at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on March 28.
In an interesting quirk of fate, Voice for Mining Family Day – NRL Round 4 – will be held on the same day as the NSW election.
NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said that Voice for Mining Family Day would be a chance for people living and working in mining communities to show their support for the sector, as well as have a lot of fun.
“The Knights and our miners are both integral to the local community, and with Voice for Mining Family Day coinciding with the NSW election, a big show of support for our miners is more important than ever,” he said.
“The game also represents the climax of the inaugural Hunter Coal festival – a community driven celebration of everything coal mining means to the region.
“A strong mining industry means a strong local economy and more jobs for local people and their families. So if we want a strong Hunter economy, let’s show our support for the Newcastle Knights and our Hunter miners at Voice for Mining Family Day.”
Mr Galilee encouraged mining supporters and fans to wear bright orange on the day to show their support.
The Knights will play in a special high-vis replica miners jersey to show their support for mining communities and Voice for Mining Family Day.
“This partnership with NSW Mining is really important to us. The mining industry is huge in the Hunter region, and rugby league is also really important to the people of the Hunter, so I think it’s a great fit,” Newcastle Knights CEO Matt Gidley said.
“Miners and supporters of mining can wear orange and high-vis workwear to the game to show everyone just how important mining is to the Hunter,” Gidley added.