"The decline of the coal industry means 17 mines in the New South Wales Hunter
Valley will close over the next two decades. More than 130,000 hectares of
mining land — nearly two-thirds of the valley floor between Broke and
Muswellbrook — will become available for new uses.
Restoring and reusing this land could contribute billions of dollars to the
Hunter economy, create thousands of full-time jobs and make the region a world
leader in industries such as renewable energy and regenerative agriculture that
improves soil and water quality and increases biodiversity and resilience. But
to unlock these future opportunities, we must first clean up the legacy of the
Last year community organisation Hunter Renewal asked people across the Hunter
Valley about their priorities. They told us they want the Hunter to become a
thriving natural environment, a more vibrant and attractive place to live with
connected communities, and a diverse and resilient economy.
These community priorities, and their implications for land use planning, are
outlined in a report published by Hunter Renewal today: After the coal rush,
the clean-up. A community blueprint to restore the Hunter.
could be a model for other Australian communities planning their transition
away from fossil fuels."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics