New South Wales
Post-covid, this project will provide at least some economic certainty to a rural area that will undoubtedly be severely impacted by the covid recession. The mine is an existing mine that will require no additional surface infrastructure and will have very limited impact on the surrounding landscape. In my opinion the economic benefits to the local community are critical in the current economic crisis, a crisis that has already seen some of the largest shifts in unemployment since the 1920's and will impact upon the country for many years. In these times, why would this project not be approved? and why would anyone allow for 500+ workers to loose their jobs and be added to the growing list of unemployed. Any arguments against this project in terms of climate impact do simply not stack up and why Australia should bow down to powerful environmental lobbyists and idealists is simply beyond me. The economic benefits will simply pass to countries like Mongolia, Columbia and Russia as those markets simply fill the gap that Australia creates as it continues to close more and more coaL mines and put more Australians out of work. I am an immigrant to this country of 20 years and I continually question the viability of the country moving forwards, I see no future in manufacturing in Australia or renewable energy development (a short lived endeavor, which i have experienced in the UK and have only seen provide short term, intermittent work to a few individuals). If the government continues to put at risk Australian jobs, I will have no choice but to move my family back to the UK. As I coal miner I have little hope for my future, but I hope for my families sake the NSW Government puts people first in this decision.