Posted February 06, 2018 14:30:46 The story of how a coal-fired power plant saved the lives of a family of five in north Queensland is being told in a new film, Coal for Christmas.
The film, called The Coal for Christmas, tells the story of coal-powered power plants across Australia.
The Powerhouse in the Coal Valley, located about 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, was built in the early 1900s to supply power to a community in Queensland.
It was shut down in 2009 after a fire destroyed part of the power plant.
It remained shut down until it was rebuilt.
But after the fire, the community returned to it, rebuilt the plant, and the community of about 100 residents is still looking to get the power back on.
The coal is still produced at the site.
The story is told through interviews with people who live in the community.
It also features interviews with the town council and officials from the town.
In an interview with ABC News, a resident, Daniel, said the community was not allowed to leave the site until they had a permit from the Town of Coal Valley.
The Coal Valley fire has now been brought under control.
The town’s former mayor, Bob, said he was saddened that the town was forced to shut down but said he understood why the community had to stay.
“I understand that some of the community is not happy about it, but they have a right to live,” he said.
“It’s a very, very hard place for a lot of people to come to.”
He said he could understand why people might feel uneasy and uncomfortable.
“They want to come and see how it’s going,” he told ABC News.
“The town’s got the best and brightest and they want to see what’s going on.”
In the documentary, a reporter goes to the town and talks to residents, asking them what happened.
“What’s happening at the Coal River?” the reporter asks.
“We’re seeing a lot more people coming into town from the area around Coal River,” one resident replies.
“A lot of coal and they’ve got to put it out,” another resident responds.
“Do you have any idea how much coal is being used up here?”
The Coal River was a coal mine that was owned by the Australian Coal Corporation.
It operated for about a century, but was closed down in the 1950s after the town’s residents started to protest the lack of power and the loss of jobs.
Residents have been demanding more power for more than 20 years.
The Town of Coburg, which is about 20 kilometres south of Coal River, has seen its electricity supply reduced in recent years as it had to rebuild its coal-fuelled power plant after the Fire of 1910.
Coal for christmastime?
Residents have not only been forced to stay, they’ve also had to deal with increased health and safety issues.
A fire at the Coburg coal mine was a major issue at the time.
Coal and gas have been a significant part of local life for the last 60 years, according to Mr Coburg.
“People were worried about it and had to be concerned about it,” he says.
“As time went on, the fires have become more frequent.”
The town has also been forced by government legislation to invest in water, sewer and electricity, but some residents are concerned that the money won’t be enough.
“If we don’t get the money, we’ll have no water to flush the toilets, we won’t have a water source, we’re going to have no sewage, and we’re not going to be able to flush all the toilets in Coburg,” one person said in the documentary.
Mr Cobung is hoping that his community will have the opportunity to go back to the site to reconnect with the coal.
“My goal is to see them come back, because I’ve had a lot to do over the years to reconnect the community, to get them back to life, and I’ve got a lot that I’ve lost and that I want to get back,” he explains.
He said the town needed more money to keep the town running, but the community wanted more power.
“Our community has been around for 150 years and we’ve always been at the front of the line, so we’ve got our own community,” Mr Cobeng said.
In the meantime, he hopes the film will inspire people to do more.
“There’s no place for fear and that’s what I really want to teach people,” he concludes.
WATCH: Coal for CHRISTMAS: The story behind the town of Cobburg