The proposed Bylong Coal Project - and its rejection by the Independent Planning Commission's (IPC) - put the valley in the spotlight, and before it fades locals would like to use it to rebuild the small community.
That could potentially mean the return of the famed Bylong Mouse Races, which were held for the last time in 2013 after a quarter-century.
In that time the event also raised half a million dollars for local community groups, including the hall at the village.
"They stopped because they couldn't get anyone to do them any more, there's only six or seven of us along here now," Bylong Valley farmer Phillip Kennedy said.
And added that neighbourly discussions will soon commence to explore options for getting people to visit the area.
"A lot more people are aware of where Bylong is now, and how beautiful it is, and the more people we can get here the better," he said.
"If we can get back to those [Mouse Races] crowds of 1500-2000 people, maybe some music at night, and beautiful warm weather - it would be fantastic."
Last month, the IPC refused development consent for a an open cut and underground coal mine in the Bylong Valley, citing concerns about long-lasting environmental, agricultural and heritage impacts.
Earlier this week the comapany behind the project, Kepco Bylong Australia, said it is "currently closely reviewing the IPC's report to determine what options are available following the IPC's decision".
The decision also prompted an advertising campaign by the NSW Minerals Council.
Mr Kennedy said, "the IPC decision a fortnight ago was a win for agriculture in Australia."
And added that the attention on the valley needs to be used.
"We've had huge exposure, now we need to run with it and keep the momentum going," he said.
And referenced the appearance of the Bylong Valley Way on the Drive.com.au list of 'Top Ten Great Aussie Drives' in 2012. The route is also renowned among recreational motorcycle riders.
The Bylong Mouse Races began in 1988 as a bicentennial event, growing from there into one of the premier events on the Mid-Western Region's social and tourism calendar.