No shelter from the smelter redundancy

THE threat of redundancy looms large over Adrian Moore and his young family.

The father of two has worked for 22 years at the Norsk Hydro aluminium smelter at Kurri Kurri and is concerned his family could be forced out of their home.

Mr Moore, his wife, Kylie, and two daughters Gabrielle, 12, and Bianca, 16, moved into their new home at Weston only five months ago.

With a $375,000 debt and payments of $600 a week, there is a realistic prospect the family may have to sell up and start again.

‘‘To go into this much debt was a massive step for us to take, but I wanted to improve my family’s life,’’ Mr Moore said.

‘‘The kids have probably taken it the hardest.

‘‘They were all excited about moving into a new home and that could now be taken away from them.’’

Mr Moore returned to work from a holiday yesterday and said he expected to know his future by tomorrow.

‘‘I’ve got a big mortgage so if I get the tap on the shoulder all I can do is sell up and start from afresh,’’ he said.

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