In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the coal industry in Newcastle was devastated.
The collapse of the industry had a profound effect on the surrounding community.
It also created the potential for an explosion.
The Newcastle Coal Council has recently submitted an application for a licence to mine coal from the Burdekin Coal Basin, but it will need to wait until the Queensland Government has completed its environmental assessment before the application can proceed.
The council has been in negotiations with Queensland Environment Minister Alan Tudge to ensure it is allowed to mine the coal.
In an email to The American Conservatives, Council CEO Andrew Whitehead said that a license to mine Newcastle coal was the first step towards “a sustainable future for the Newcastle community”.
Whitehead told the Australian that the council had been “focusing on the future of Newcastle in terms of the city and the region”.
“Our vision for Newcastle is to become a thriving city, where the economy thrives and the jobs are created,” he said.
“The Newcastle Coal Basin is a key part of that vision.”
Whitehead noted that Newcastle had been a major contributor to New Zealand’s economic growth and that the community needed to be encouraged to continue to play a role in the region’s economic development.
“We know that we need to be a partner in Newcastle, and we want to help create that relationship,” he added.
Newcastle’s community council has previously expressed concern that the Newcastle Coal Project is not being properly monitored by the council and that there is “a lack of communication” between the council, the state government and the company.
It has also expressed concerns that the licence could be used to develop new coal mines or to expand the existing coal mines.
The Queensland Government’s Environment and Heritage Commission (EHC) has already received a submission from Newcastle Council.
The submission has called for the council to “consider the impact of the proposed mine on local communities and the environment and how it could contribute to reducing environmental impacts and impacts to the local environment”.
The submission notes that the coal is being extracted by a company owned by Queensland’s largest private employer, Newcastle Power.
The application also calls for “significant community consultation” with residents, residents’ representatives, and the local community.
Whitehead is hopeful that the Queensland Environment Department will provide the council with advice before the licence is granted.
“I think we are going to get the Queensland government to come out and say ‘we want this, this, and this’, and that’s the start of it,” he told the American Conservatives.
Newcastle Coal’s chief executive, Mark Grewal, has been critical of the Queensland Minister’s decision to grant the licence.
Grewall told the ABC the application was “very well-reasoned” and “would be a real benefit to Newcastle”.
“The council has received an extremely well-thought-out application for the Burtons Coal project, and I have confidence that they will deliver on it,” Grewl said.
Newcastle is located on the New Zealand West Coast and is home to the world-famous Newcastle University, a school for over 100,000 students and a community of about 400 people.
In 2016, Newcastle hosted the world’s largest event for people to come together to celebrate diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion.
The event was held in Newcastle’s main shopping centre, the city’s main tourist attraction, and included an interactive festival called ‘The Newcastle Experience’.
The Newcastle Festival, which took place in the centre of Newcastle, featured more than 100 different arts and crafts, including a replica of Newcastle’s cathedral, an illuminated sculpture of the famous Newcastle skyline and a replica version of the town’s famous pub, the Newcastle Pub.
“A lot of our people in Newcastle are not really culturally diverse, they don’t have the culture to go to other places, and that makes it difficult for us to connect with other communities,” said Newcastle University Professor Ian Grewill.
“What we have got is a very strong community of people who share our values and our belief systems.”
Newcastle is also home to Newcastle University’s National Parks, Wildlife, and Conservation Department, which provides conservation education and training to staff.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a company that has a very clear vision for the future for Newcastle and for the region, and Newcastle Coal is one of the best companies that could be found to help us deliver on that vision,” Gawill said.