Between 2016 and 2018 a team of over 40 volunteers hit the streets of Singleton and Muswellbrook to find out what locals think and feel about coal mining and the future of the Hunter Valley.
We knocked on thousands of doors and directly surveyed over 1000 people - mine workers, parents and grandparents, professionals, retail and service industry employees, the unemployed, students and retirees.
We had meaningful conversations about benefits of the coal economy, disadvantages to our health and environment, whether more mines should be approved and our vulnerability as a region if/when the demand for our Hunter coal declines.
In particular, we asked if people agreed that the Hunter Valley needs a plan to transition from our dependence on coal to healthier, more diverse industries.
9 out of 10 respondents said YES - they want a plan for a post-coal economy in the Hunter.