The NSW Government has cordoned off parts of the state from future thermal coal mining, and released more funds to help communities adjust.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced restriction of development of thermal coal mining, and a focus on new exploration of other minerals in demand from the high tech sector, like copper, cobalt and rare earth minerals.
"Some areas are going to do it tougher than others," Mr Barilaro said.
It would result in a gradual reduction in the production of thermal coal in the Hunter, and a shift towards development of mines in the NSW Central West and Far West.
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