Winemakers’ fears over planned coal mine

21st August, 2014 by Simon Howland

Proposals for a new coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley are raising fears that history could repeat itself, after a similar plan devastated the wine industry in the 1990s.

Australia's Hunter Valley wine region has felt the impact of mining in the past

Australia’s Hunter Valley wine region has felt the impact of mining in the past

A proposed mining project in Hunter Valley has united local industries in fear of the impact it will have on the wine trade, with the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) warning it could have major consequences in the same way the Bengalla mine devastated the wine industry in the 1990s, as reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1996, following extended legal disputes, the NSW government overruled local councils to approve plans for a new mine at Bengalla, despite the Oatley family, who owned Rosemount Wines, arguing that key vineyards would be ruined by dust.

Residents also complained the mine would be too close to residential areas.

Its arrival prompted Rosemount to close down its Hunter Valley operations.

Brett Keeping, of Hunter Valley’s Two Rivers Winery, told the PAC he fears approval of a new mine at Drayton South risks devastating the region’s wine industry one more with the departure of wine giant Rosemount still felt to this day.

There are also fears that the sums involved are simply not worth the risk with the PAC revealing that royalties from the proposed mine could be as little as $15 million (£8.39m) a year.

The PAC is currently taking final submissions on the mine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Sales Manager – Midlands and South West

Pol Roger Portfolio
Midlands and South West

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

Purchasing and Sales (Wine Trader)

JF Tobias
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more