Jun 19, 2019

Council unveils plans for Moranbah Miners’ Memorial

Council unveils plans for Moranbah Miners’ Memorial

A memorial commemorating those who have lost their lives in Moranbah’s mining industry is to be installed in the town’s centre within months.

“Establishing a Miners’ Memorial in Moranbah has been a long-held priority for local councillors and September 2019 will see that vision and hard work come to life in the Moranbah Town Square,” Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker said.

The council is undertaking checks against historic records, but at this stage 11 mine workers will acknowledged on the memorial.

A virtual fly-through of the Miners’ Memorial concept design can be viewed HERE.

Isaac Regional Council has partnered with local union lodges of the CFMEU, ETU and AMWU, CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland and the Miner’s Federation Fund on the funding and design of the Moranbah Miners’ Memorial Project.

“As a community we will never forget those workers who have lost their lives in our coal pits,” Deputy Mayor and Division 5 Councillor Kelly Vea Vea said.

“The Moranbah Miners’ Memorial will be purposely placed in the centre of town completely surrounded by mining leases to keep their names in our hearts, and workplace safety on our minds.”

The memorial will feature a bronze casting of a miner in contemplation over his lost mates, which is being produced by Isaac region sculptor Kay Paton. He will be looking towards a central sandstone plinth that will cast an eternal light over the plaques naming those who have lost their lives while working in the Moranbah coalfields.

Completion of the Moranbah Miners’ Memorial is due in September 2019 and an official unveiling will be scheduled.

Mayor Anne Baker, Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea and Cr Simon West with representatives from the union lodges and branches which contributing to the Miners’ Memorial project.  

Council acknowledged the generous support of the following union lodges and branches for the project:
CFMEU Peak Downs Lodge
CFMEU Goonyella Riverside Lodge
CFMEU Broadmeadows
CFMEU Moranbah North Lodge
AMWU Goonyella Riverside
ETU Goonyella Riverside
Australian Miner’s Federation Fund
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland

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