Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s 2022 Community Forum focuses on planning for the future
The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue held its 2022 Community Forum this week with a focus on planning for the future.
With over 125 attendees in attendance at Muswellbrook RSL Club, this was the first community forum the Dialogue has held since our 2019 event in Singleton due to the COVID-19 state-wide lockdowns.
Forum attendees received updates on two different Upper Hunter mine closure plans from Muswellbrook Coal Company’s Julie Thomas and NSW Energy Coal, BHP’s Adam Lancey.
Participants also heard from Katie Ferro from research company CRNRSTONE on the insights and opportunities from the Dialogue’s latest Community Perceptions Survey, and Stephen Wills from Department of Regional NSW on the NSW Government’s strategic planning projects.
A community panel session featured representatives from various Upper Hunter business and community groups discussing their vision for the future of the region. This was followed by an afternoon discussion session that provided the Dialogue with valuable feedback and guidance to help inform our future projects and priorities.