POWER AND THE PASSION: Coal-fired power station workers ponder future in wake of planned closure of Eraring Power Station

Matthew Kelly
Updated February 28 2022 - 2:27pm, first published February 26 2022 - 5:30am

As websites lit up with the news that the country's largest coal-fired power plant would close seven years early due to the rise of renewable energy, Basil Paynter's thoughts turned to how he would support his family.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly


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.

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