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Writing was on the wall for former mine worker

DEJA VU: Terry Allwood is one of many Goondicum mine staff affected by the decision to pause mine activity. He was an employee last time the mine closed as well.
DEJA VU: Terry Allwood is one of many Goondicum mine staff affected by the decision to pause mine activity. He was an employee last time the mine closed as well. Anastassia Perets

FOR Terry Allwood, losing his job at Monto's Goondicum mine for reasons out of his control was all too familiar.

He was one of 48 staff cut from the mine since Melior Resources began to decrease production a month ago.

Mr Allwood was a worker with the mine last time it ceased operation, and said after the first 18 workers were let go this time around, the final outcome was no surprise.

"It was a really good place to work and gave great experience, and if it reopens I'd put my hand up to work there again," he said.

"It's harder to take in as I've got four kids and a house mortgage to pay.

"The biggest hit is all the local shops. I can find another job but it's hard for little local shops to find more customers.

"People left local jobs to go up there but only to try and better their finances.

"We have spent a lot more money in the town from my wage up there, even opened up Monto Party Hire from having a larger income."

The qualified mechanic says he won't be taking much downtime with his newly found free time.

"The plan is to find another job now," he said.

"I did it last time, so now need to do it again."

Many local businesses relied on the Goondicum mine for an income, including Kewpie Stockfeeds.

Store manager Debra Mitchell said Kewpie Stockfeeds was a major supplier of machinery lubrication for the mine and the change would hit hard.

"Having them as a customer was a real bonus and now puts a hole in our pocket," she said.

"The town overall is feeling it hard, not just the suppliers.

"The people that rented homes and lived here, had meals at the pub... those homes will now be empty."

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