Where are the jobs? NSW coal towns cling to the past until a better future emerges

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from Labor’s frontbench has concentrated minds on transition in the Hunter region, but solid plans remain elusive

Sue Moore, the mayor of Singleton, was eating lunch at a conference last year when an inner Sydney councillor sat down next to her and asked: “What do we have to do to get the people of Singleton off coal?”

“You’ve got to tell them where their jobs are going to be,” Moore replied. “It’s got nothing to do with opposing climate action.”

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