Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mine Shutdown Leaves Gaping Hole in Dysart; Families Leaving Town in Droves

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mine Shutdown Leaves Gaping Hole in Dysart; Families Leaving Town in Droves

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Byline: TARA MIKO CENTRAL QUEENSLAND NEWS

DYSART: The Farewell from Dysart sign is becoming a regular sight in the rear vision mirror as families pack up their possessions and swap Central Queensland for the coast.

It is an increasing trend after the decision to close Norwich Park, previously the employer of most breadwinners in the resource town.

Some were retrenched to other far-flung Bowen Basin operations, but others, estimated at more than 120, took voluntary redundancies.

And nowhere is the loss of the BMA mine's economic input more evident than at the local shopping complex.

The only bakery in town is closing and the only doctor is forced to work from a renovated home. There's no butcher and countless other businesses are struggling on a daily basis.

aBut I think since Norwich Park closed, it has impacted more,a Dysart Community Action Group secretary Anne Ahern said.

aThe town really seems depressed.a

It has been like that for months. …

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