Been following some ideas around this broad area for an IP. Puzzled with the long term effects of the coal industry downturn over the next 10 years. Loss of jobs & investment has lead to a downturn in many coal mining orientated towns and this downturn will flow out to the service centres for these towns. With this fall is there a chance that commercial and government operations could reduce or close in the near term? Or is there enough support from the existing population base to allow some towns to remain viable? There seems to be more pain for the coal industry and Qld generally - but this may open buying opportunities? Looking from Rockhampton coastal areas down to Maryborough and inland to Emerald on main road routes. Understand that there will be little to no CG and weakening yields now - but what is the long term outlook? Seeking some forum opinions before I go further and travel to check it out......maybe you have an IP there? Or is it all a basket case?