Back last night from a visit to Gunnedah. This was my first visit in quite a while, and I wanted to see how the town had changed as a consequence of the mining boom. In May I reported that the airport in nearby Narrabri had gone from from 13 to 52 flights a week because of fly in, fly out workers!
I will report properly later. For the moment, this real estate poster tells part of the story.
Real estate prices are up, up. Rents have skyrocketed. The long coal trains are also creating havoc, while there is great strain on the local infrastructure. Yet the story is not all bad. Gunnedah has become a fascinating melange of past and present.