‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country | Mining | The Guardian

The Chinese-owned coal producer Yancoal has lodged an assessment lease for sites between Pokolbin and Broke-Fordwich, in the heart of wine country. It’s now before the NSW government.

Scarborough and a string of local wine producers and tourism operators see it as a call for action. They are fighting back against industrial development in the region, and are lobbying the NSW government to pass legislation to form a protective ring around the area – as has been done for the wine-producing Barossa Valley in South Australia and Margaret River in Western Australia.

“We are not going to take this lying down,” Scarborough says.

“This is my home. We don’t want to come up against this in 10 years’ time when there’s another exploration licence around … we want to stop its renewal so we don’t go through this process again and again.”

Source: ‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country | Mining | The Guardian