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Coal mining and the resource community cycle: A longitudinal assessment of the social impacts of the Coppabella coal mine

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Stewart Lockie, John Rolfe, GA Ivanova, Maree Franettovich, V Petkova-Timmer, Vanessa Petkova, Galina Williams
Two social impact assessment (SIA) studies of Central Queensland's Coppabella coal mine were undertaken in 2002–2003 and 2006–2007. As ex post studies of actual change, these provide a reference point for predictive assessments of proposed resource extraction projects at other sites, while the longitudinal element added by the second study illustrates how impacts associated with one mine may vary over time due to changing economic and social conditions. It was found that the traditional coupling of local economic vitality and community development to the life cycle of resource projects—the resource community cycle—was mediated by labour recruitment and social infrastructure policies that reduced the emphasis on localised employment and investment strategies, and by the cumulative impacts of multiple mining projects within relative proximity to each other. The resource community cycle was accelerated and local communities forced to consider ways of attracting secondary investment and/or alternative industries early in the operational life of the Coppabella mine in order to secure significant economic benefits and to guard against the erosion of social capital and the ability to cope with future downturns in the mining sector.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

29

Issue

5

Start Page

330

End Page

339

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1873-6432

ISSN

0195-9255

Location

United States

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

29/01/2009

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Environmental Impact Assessment Review

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