An ambitious project to honour those killed in mining accidents in Moura will come to fruition next month when a memorial is officially opened.
The Moura Miners Memorial will be unveiled on November 10, the culmination of four years of hard work by members of the Moura Progress Association.
Publicity officer John Hempseed said association members were excited about the opportunity to finally show the public the memorial, which honours those workers who have lost their lives in Moura mine accidents since 1961, including in disasters at Kianga mine in 1975, Moura No.4 mine in 1986 and Moura No.2 mine in 1994.
“It’s going to be a very special day for a lot of people,” Mr Hempseed said.
“It’s been quite a journey to get to this point and we’re very excited about the opening.”
Mr Hempseed said while many people had played a part in bringing the project to life, association chairman John Walker deserved special mention.
“John has been the driving force behind the whole project,” Mr Hempseed said.
“I know he had a few sleepless nights wondering whether he had bitten off more than he could chew, but he has done a fantastic job.”
With mining playing such an important part in the lives of Moura residents, Mr Hempseed admits unveiling a memorial which honours those killed in mining accidents will be an emotional occasion for many people.
“What we are doing is recognising our history and giving value to those who lost their lives (while mining),” he said.
“You can’t change history and the tragedies that have occurred, but it is important that you acknowledge them.
“It’s also important that you learn from tragedies like these and recognise that every one of them has ultimately led to safer mining practices.”
The official opening of the memorial will take place from 9am on November 10, with morning tea to follow at the Moura RSL.