The CFMEU said the rejection of Anglo’s Drayton South mine is a devastating blow for the Hunter Valley.
Yesterday, the Planning and Assessment Commission rejected the mine in order to protect the nearby Coolmore and Darley thoroughbred studs.
The 500-person strong workforce now face an uncertain future, and Anlgo have previously said the security of the jobs relied on the extension being approved.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Northern District President Peter Jordan said it was a sad time for many families who will have to move elsewhere to gain work.
Jordan said mining and horse-breeding in the Hunter valley should be able to exist together.
“Mining and horse breeding have co-existed in the Hunter for over 130 years and we believe that co-existence could have continued with the proposed extension,” Jordan said.
“The reality is that mining sustains communities like Muswellbrook and Singleton – employing one local out of every four, compared with the one job in 50 created by the horse breeding industry.”
The company said it would provide support to its employees and work through what the refusal means for them.
It also said the company would work through PAC’s report to understand its implications and consider available options moving forward.