IF THE New Hope Colton Mine near Aldershot goes ahead, it will have the support from Fraser Coast locals, according to our latest poll on the issue.
After the Chronicle posted a poll on www.frasercoastchronicle.com asking if readers thought an open cut mine should go ahead in Aldershot, 60% of voters said yes, with 39% saying no.
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Comments were left on the Chronicle’s website and Facebook page with the majority supporting the opening of the coal mine which would help boost local industry.
Sara Laycock said the Fraser Coast needed the economic injection that the coal could potentially provide.
“Yes there are negatives too, but I think the positives outweigh them.”
A number of readers commented on their excitement for the potential jobs created in the area if the mine opened.
Aldershot resident Ashie Weedz said “yes, yes, yes then at least my partner will be home instead of away working… We need this!”
Other readers strongly opposed the mine, saying it was only a short-term solution.
Macey Taylor showed concern about what would happen if or when the mine closed.
“Short term earnings and the company folds or moves on, then what?
“Look out west with their towns and they are much bigger than Aldershot – not in favour.”
Amy Cattermole said “nothing could be worse” than a coal mine opening.
“Would rather stay unemployed than ruin our beautiful planet anymore!”