Wollar vs Peabody

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 on 14 April 2017 (Good Friday).

This is the story of Peabody Energy versus the township of Wollar in central New South Wales. Wollar always had a thriving community with all kinds of activities: farming, schooling, blockies moving into the area, social activities, sports associations and clubs, back to nature and a very good Rural Fire Brigade.  Everyone was getting on pretty well.  Mudgee Historical Society said the town was a bustling commercial hub serving large pastoral leases. Then along came Peabody Energy in the 1990s.  Wollar was told that the mine would be a good thing for the community but alas this was not to be.

With Peabody Energy, coal wins and Wollar loses.

Andy & Ian discuss  ‘Lock the Gate’ movement which joins farmers with environmentalists. They discuss some of the big wins they have had, mainly in NSW.

Andy interviews Bev Smiles from the Wollar Progress Association and plays some pretty good music as well.


John Prine – Paradise
The Dead Maggies – Goodbye Gondwanaland
Bob Campbell – Killer black coal
The Lurkers – Mining man
Andy Paine – Song for Wollar  

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