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Helensburgh’s Metropolitan Colliery to temporarily close

The entrance to the Metropolitan Colliery, Helensburgh. Picture: Google Streetview

THE Metropolitan Colliery at Helensburgh will close for eight weeks from January 4.

The Australian owned subsidiary of the US company Peabody Energy Corporation made the announcement this week, stating the closure was necessary due to “challenging markets”.

Peabody Australia said global demand and pricing for coal were under “intense pressure” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company says there has been a decrease in demand for coal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The energy union says the company is unable to continue to produce coal as it has no contracted sales.

Workers reportedly will be able to access paid leave during the temporary closure.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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