Mining’s real contribution

by Richard Denniss in Gloucester Advocate
Originally published in Gloucester Advocate on May 1, 2013

Politicians often claim that mining supports local communities such as Gloucester through job creation and attracting investment.

However, Gloucester’s experience has been one of sluggish growth, environmental degradation and job losses in agriculture – the town’s biggest industry.

Mining companies, including Yancoal and AGL, may tell communities that their business is the key to success, but in reality coal mining operations mostly offer a small number of short-term jobs at the expense of longer-term, more sustainable industries.   

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