26 Friends is a reference to the letters of the english alphabet. letters (and the words they make) are my main tools of trade.
26 Friends aims to inform, uplift, entertain and occasionally challenge readers.

Double-edged sword

Newcrest Mining's gold and copper mine near Orange in New South Wales was established during the mid-1990s and brought massive economic benefits to the region. But it also had a devastating impact on the farming community in the immediate area of the mine. Several farmers contacted me in early 2000 to voice their concerns about the increasing impacts the mine was having on their farming operations. I wrote a feature article to acknowledge the benefits of the mine and give voice to the farmers' concerns. The article was highy commended in the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award for New South Wales Country Journalism in 2000-2001. The judges' comments were: "Mark Filmer, writing in the Central Western Daily in Orange, produced a compelling feature article on the impact a large mine can have on a small rural community. Mark's piece was well-written, thoroughly researched, and balanced. It cleverly personalised the issue, and brought home to the reader just what does happen to people when a major enterprise is established in a quiet rural pocket."

You can read the article here.

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