Coal miners in the coal mining town of Coeley, Queensland, are still enjoying the best of the coal industry, despite having been stripped of millions of dollars in tax revenue from the state’s tax-payer funded carbon capture and storage program.
Coeley is one of the few coal towns left in Australia that has been left largely untouched by the carbon capture program.
Its mining licence has expired, and the mining industry has suffered significant tax increases over the last two decades.
The town has been struggling financially, as the town’s tax base has declined and residents have been left without access to jobs, the only source of income in the community, and without the means to pay their rent.
“I don’t see the point in building a new mine.
It’s not going to work,” said Daniel Lyda, who has been mining coal in Coelyall, for 18 years.
“I don of course want to go out and dig the coal again.
But it’s the only thing we can do.”
Coedal mining is not something new in Coesley.
The town’s mine was opened in 1927, and has been run by the town council for nearly 70 years.
Lyda and his family have struggled to find work in the mining sector, despite living in the town for many years.
The mine’s closure has meant Lydas family has been forced to move out of Coedal, and to the town of Croydon, which he has described as “the least desirable place on earth.”
“We don’t have a place to live.
We’ve got a lot of kids and they’re all unemployed,” he said.
But Lyds wife, Susan, has continued to work, even after her husband lost his mining job in the early 1990s.
When it comes to finding a new job, the Lydans struggle to find employment in Coedals town, even with their children in school.
Despite the town losing its mining licence, coal mining remains a large part of Coesleys economy.
Coal mining in Coecillib has been one of Australia’s most popular industries, with some of the largest coal companies in the world operating in the region.
Although coal mining has been phased out over the years, coal companies still operate in Coeglioburra.
With coal mining gone, Coecilib’s town has experienced a dramatic decline in population, with the area’s population falling from over 6,000 in the late 1990s to just over 4,000 people in 2014.
‘The coal industry is not sustainable anymore’ Coeciliba Mayor Gary Stiles has described coal mining as a “major industry”, but he has seen a sharp decline in employment in the area.
Stiles said coal mining was a “very important industry” in the city, but he also saw the impact on his community.
Coeley resident Susan Lydo is frustrated by the decline of the mining town.
”We’re very lucky to be in a place like Coecillaib, but we don’t want to see it go, because it’s not sustainable, it’s a big problem, it impacts our people and our economy,” she said.
“It’s not a good situation for us.
The coal industry’s not viable anymore.”
In Coecille, Coecelyan mayor Paul McCall said the town has also lost jobs, due to coal mining.
McCall said Coegelyan was also struggling financially because of the state-wide decline in coal mining employment.
In the past few years, the town, which has a population of over 8,000, has experienced significant changes to the local environment, such as the removal of some trees and a large fence, in an attempt to curb the growth of vegetation.
A recent environmental assessment found the proposed fence was damaging the vegetation in the surrounding area, and was costing the town an estimated $150,000.
This fence will remain for at least the next two years, McCall told reporters.