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24 July 17, 1:52pm Restricting LNG exports to boost domestic gas supply could deter the investment needed to maintain current supply https://t.co/uAFm0a1kOD
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14 July 17, 10:28am QLD provides template that other states can use for safe, sustainable & successful onshore gas development #auspol https://t.co/qV8RfIocF0
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7 July 17, 10:29am Aust #LNG exports to jump from $23B to $37B in next 2 years, but policy changes needed to secure these benefits.… https://t.co/5WaYm01CZg
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5 July 17, 3:03pm Australian average wholesale gas prices are below Asian average: report. Prices are higher in Japan, China, S Korea https://t.co/qDGkYbMZfE
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Gunnedah NSW

While opponents work to disrupt natural gas projects in the Pilliga scrub of northern NSW, many locals welcome the resource boom and the significant opportunities it has brought businessand farmers in the region.

Deputy Mayor Gae Swain recently told the ABC that Gunnedah had changed dramatically in the past 20 years thanks to the arrival of the resource industry.

With a population of 8,000, Gunnedah lies at the centre of a productive agricultural area, established coal mines and a burgeoning natural gas industry.

“In the mid-90’s it was awful… it was a dying community,” she said, “What’s changed is that the “resource boom” has finally hit Gunnedah and the opportunities are coming, the businesses are coming, the young people are coming, the families are coming”.

According to Swain, whose family has farmed in the district for generations, future growth will rely on the continued co-existence of local coal, gas and agricultural industries.

“I don’t think Gunnedah has got a future unless we can coexist and I don’t think Australia has a future unless we can coexist”.

According to Santos, the company operating in the Pillaga area, local resources alone could supply a quarter of NSW’s gas needs.