October 9, 2015

New York Times: Cobbora Coal Mine, Coal Mining’s Promise Falls Through for Remote Australian Town

DUNEDOO, Australia — A flock of pink and gray galahs takes flight over the sports field, but Mark Gallagher does not see them.

Gazing out over the field, soft and verdant in the late afternoon sun, he sees last year’s rugby league team, the Dunedoo Swans, battling the Coonamble Bears for the district title, the Castlereagh Cup. It was a perfect spring afternoon and the Swans, which Mr. Gallagher managed, had their best team in years, the pride of this agricultural hamlet about 200 miles northwest of Sydney.

Farm gates for miles around were festooned then with “Go Dunedoo” signs. Cars packed the grounds and spectators clambered on the beds of two truck trailers that served as makeshift grandstands to cheer on their team. The Swans triumphed, 32 to 12, taking the cup for the first time in 47 years.

This year, Dunedoo does not even have enough players to field a team. Find more information here