Prev 2 of 4 Next View full size View slideshow View more information Old coal mine shaft Old coal mine shaft I hope this photograph of an old, closed mine shaft is not omniscient. Australia has enjoyed a prosperous decade thanks to resources demand world wide in recent time. However, now with the economy looking quite gloomy even the resources sector is feeling the pressure with many people being laid off. Whole towns in Australia exists around coal or other mineral mines. The demise of mining would spell disaster for them.