Report argues case to transition away from coal dependence

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated February 5 2019 - 11:52pm, first published 6:30pm
Transition: Collaboration between the state government, AGL and mining companies to ensure investment in renewable energy is among the report's recommendations.

More than 5000 jobs and $705 million in wages will be lost from the Hunter without investment in new employment and industries over the next two decades, a new report arguing for the need transform the Hunter’s economy away from reliance on coal has warned.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.