As you probably saw on Monday night, Moranbah is in the grip of the mining boom and feeling the strain very much with a lack of services, and a permanent population that feels squeezed out of their own town.
Is Blackwater heading down the same path though? That’s the fear of many in the area with thousands living in mining accommodation at the moment in town and plans for thousands of more rooms in the planning stages.
Peter Maguire is the Mayor of the Central Highlands Regional Council and I put that question to him – is Blackwater the next Moranbah.
Audio at: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/05/will-blackwater-suffer-moranbahs-fate.html