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Podcast: Latrobe Valley demise a warning as Australia moves away from coal

It's difficult to check the news these days without hearing about coal. The debate in this country about the commodity's future is, to put it mildly, rancorous.

Mark Richards has barely worked since Hazelwood power station closed in 2017. Picture: Tom Melville

Mark Richards has barely worked since Hazelwood power station closed in 2017. Picture: Tom Melville

For some, the shift to renewable energy and away from fossil fuel exports needs to happen, and it needs to happen ten years ago. Others see a long future with coal a crucial part of Australia's energy mix, and a cornerstone of our economy.

For many on the ground in places like the Bowen Basin in Queensland, or the Hunter in NSW -- who are experiencing structural changes first hand -- it's like being trapped in no-man's land in a culture war

One of Latrobe's ageing power stations, near Morwell, Victoria. Picture: Tom Melville

One of Latrobe's ageing power stations, near Morwell, Victoria. Picture: Tom Melville

The people of the Latrobe Valley, in Victoria's Gippsland region about 90 minutes north west of Melbourne, know exactly what it looks like when there's no transition plan in place.

You could move, leave the community, and make good money elsewhere. But there's such a thing as quality of life and lifelong friendships. You don't want to throw them away.

Mark Richards, former Hazelwood power station worker

On this episode of Voice of Real Australia we speak to people from Latrobe who are trying to figure out what comes next.

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This story Community left behind as nation snubs coal first appeared on Newcastle Herald.