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Hunter's coal future in the balance

The New South Wales government has set itself the lofty target of increasing the value of mining production by 30% by 2020 from its A$15 billion export level in 2012-13.

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Thermal coal has been the economic lifeblood of Australia's Hunter Valley region for decades

This ambitious goal is expected to be driven by the Hunter region, which is the major contributor to NSW coal exports, which is in turn the Australian state's biggest export.