I have mentioned the environmental wars raging across New England a number of times. Now I see that concerns about mining rank as the number one environmental concern in the Hunter Valley. Hat tip to hunternewsfeed on twitter for the lead.
Driving down from Armidale through the country around Gloucester I couldn't help notice the anti-mining signs there too. And then we have the battles on the same issue presently raging on the Liverpool Plains.
Coal mining royalties from New England are presently the Sydney Government's only real revenue growth stream. I might be more sympathetic to the coal miners if more of this money remained in New England to fund development. All it really does at the moment is fund Sydney overhead.