Anglo Coal aims to boost Moura
STUNG by an avalanche of criticism and claims that its policies are turning Moura into a ghost town, Anglo Coal has announced a raft of measures it claims will boost the local economy.
Dawson Mine general manager Brett Thompson said Anglo’s intention was to upgrade existing housing stock, almost double the capacity of the Dawson Town Village and enable miners to salary sacrifice rent or mortgage interest payments if they chose to live in the town.
“Our accommodation plan is a win for the Moura community and for Anglo American workers,” he said.
He claimed more of the mine’s 920 permanent and 370 contract employees would live in the community as a result, and that would mean more money spent at local businesses.
“Anglo American cares about Moura and we will continue to support this community through our accommodation plan and other local initiatives,” he said.
The Observer reported last month mining families were deserting Moura at a rapid pace, with locals fearing important services would go too. Real estate agents, business owners and residents claimed rental property vacancies were rising, and 100 houses were on the market.
Representatives from the mine met with Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper and community members last week to discuss the current housing situation in Moura.