THE mine is closing at Queenstown and a working group is forming to create a new industry in the town.
Hopefully a new industry will help transition the town to allow it to maintain and support residents in the area.
They are also looking at mining being a secondary employer in two or three years, should the mine reopen. But these questions need to be asked, Where was the contingency plan? Where was the transition model? If you can have mining as a secondary industry why wasn’t an alternative secondary industry established as an employer already?
It has been argued for years that we need to look to the future. If Queenstown had a contingency plan in place before now, we wouldn’t be chasing the tail looking for a new employer. Hopefully, other towns see this as a wake-up call and start looking to the future.
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