Gloucester Local Government Area (LGA) is located some 260km north of Sydney, NSW. With a population of around 4,900 Gloucester is a traditionally agricultural area which has experienced significant migration from “tree changers” in recent decades. The area also has existing and proposed coal and coal seam gas developments:
- Stratford coal project (existing and proposing to expand)
- Duralie coal project (existing and proposing to expand)
- Rocky Hill coal project (currently a proposal)
- Gloucester Gas project (currently test drilling and proposing to expand to commercial production)
This report assesses the socio economic impacts of the four coal and coal seam gas projects on the Gloucester local government area.