The domestic Australian coal industry is in terminal decline. For the communities that have grown to depend on this industry over the last century, the future is uncertain.
Nowhere is this shift more evident than in the Latrobe Valley, where numerous power stations and mines have operated over the years. Today only three plants and two mines remain in operation. All are scheduled to close in the coming decade.
While the number of people who work directly for the mine and power station operators is relatively small, the death of this industry will affect almost all of the valley’s 125,000 residents.