What will the Mudgee region do after mining?
It should be noted at the outset that this isn't an 'anti-mining piece', it's a question, albeit one that might make some uncomfortable - what will the Mudgee region do after mining?
There's been no doubt that the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Government Area (LGA) has prospered as a result of the presence of the industry in the area.
The NSW Minerals Council's latest annual member company Expenditure Survey, found that the surveyed mining companies spent $283 million in 2017-18, including over $183 million in wages to 1,748 full-time employees in the LGA.
And that's before you unpack the indirect jobs that are created, which is harder to quantify because it's not as straight-forward as just counting contractors and suppliers - retail and other sectors thrive when a major industry thrives.
But nothing lasts forever.
And the Independent Planning Commission's rejection of Kepco's proposed Bylong Coal Project should surely give pause for thought.