When Paul Keating speaks up, people usually listen.
The former prime minister spoke up this week, calling for a fast train between Sydney and Newcastle.
The strongest arguments posed by those who want a continuation of coal mining and coal fired power stations in the Hunter are where will the existing workforce in these two industries find such well paid jobs and what will be the economic driver of the region if not thermal coal?Read more
Councils push to loosen mining industry's grip on Hunter land
HUNTER councils have called for federal and state government support to unlock mining land across the region for residential and commercial development.Read more
THE Federal and NSW governments are under pressure over the lack of planning for the Hunter region's transition from coal after submissions from councils, trade unions, environment groups, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper and the Port of Newcastle calling for government action.Read more
Region's mines face global 'headwinds' over the next two years, says Office of the Chief Economist forecast
HUNTER coal mines are competing in an "oversupplied" global market that will see Australia's thermal coal export earnings slump from $26 billion in 2018-19 to a projected $18 billion by 2020-21, says a two-year forecast by the Federal Government's Office of the Chief Economist.Read more
LACK of government leadership is the biggest issue facing the Hunter in the lead-up to the closure of Liddell power station and as the region transitions away from coal, Hunter councils have told a federal/state Liddell taskforce.Read more
Hunter councils have told a federal/state taskforce it's time for governments to lead transition from coal
FEDERAL Energy Minister Angus Taylor's announcement of a federal/state taskforce to look at the implications of the Liddell coal-fired power station closure in April, 2023 was panned by critics as a guise for propping up coal.Read more