Saturday, April 7, 2012


A prosperous town needs a modern outlook.  It can trade on its history but needs a clear eye on today's world.  Outside Blayney near Carcoar is a wind farm catering to the green energy industry.

I read on the web that they are looking to reopen silver mines near Trunkey Creek and Neville (small towns outside Blayney). Silver is an essential component in solar panels that other modern energy solution.

A prosperous town attracts tourists and nothing seems to do this better than picturesque countryside, quaint country villages and vineyards.  Blayney has got it all.

After Easter I will put up Carcoar on 100 towns. I have covered it in this blog previously so not posting here again. And meanwhile I will take you on to Neville, Trunkey Creek and a couple of other localities which are set to change if that silver mine arrives.


  1. It's amazing how mining can change an area.... It brings money and people into that locality.

  2. I did not know that solar panels involved silver. The hassle with mining is the mess it may leave, and the fact that the resource is either finite or the economics are not elastic. So the residents/town have to get while the getting is good. Use properity from the mining years to kick-start other income streams.

    1. "Solar cell makers use silver to paint the grid lines on the front of a silicon wafer -- the main component of a solar cell. A small amount of silver is also painted on the back of the wafer. The highly conductive metal helps collect and transfer the electrons generated when photons in sunlight hit the wafer."

      All the huffing and puffing about solar being so much better ignores facts such as this. Titanium is a component of solar panels too. So we find the carbon tax, mining tax, GFC pushing up the price of precious metals all make for a rather complex economic stew.

      I agree the towns really do need to use the mining years to kick-start their community. My home town was transformed by a coal mine and power station and has built on the boom years.

  3. I'm all for green! Lovely sky.