Nov 07, 2019

Moranbah Miners’ Memorial unveiled on Friday

Moranbah Miners’ Memorial unveiled on Friday Representatives from contributing unions and lodges with Mayor Anne Baker and Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea.

The community of Moranbah will see its miners’ memorial unveiled this Friday, November 8, at Moranbah Town Square.

Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker said sculptor Kay Paton from Nebo had been given the honourable job to create a bronze casting of a miner.

“The central figure will look over the 13 names of his fallen comrades who lost their lives while working in the Moranbah coalfields under the memorial eternal light,” Cr Baker said.

Sculptor Kay Paton, from Nebo.

“The light will illuminate the memories of their dusty faces, the loyalty, mateship and good times shared.

“We will also pay our respects to miners we have lost on roads to and from work, in camps, and from coal-related diseases.

“Isaac is a proud resources region. For nearly 50 years Moranbah has been a prominent mining town and it is home to proud mining families, a lot that have worked in the industry for generations.”

Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said establishing a miners’ memorial in Moranbah had been a long-held priority for the community-at-large.

“We will see that vision and hard work come to life. As a community we will never forget those workers who have lost their lives in our coal pits,” Cr Vea Vea said.

“The memorial will be placed in the heart of Moranbah. It will keep these 13 men’s names in our hearts, and workplace safety on our minds.”

The memorial has been a community partnership between Isaac Regional Council, Mineworkers Trust, CFMEU Mining & Energy Division Queensland, CFMEU Peak Downs Lodge, CFMEU Moranbah North Lodge, CFMEU Goonyella Riverside Lodge, CFMEU Broadmeadow Lodge, AMWU Goonyella Riverside Branch and ETU Goonyella Riverside Branch.

The Moranbah Miners’ Memorial unveiling, and service begins at 5.30pm at Town Square.

Below are the details of the 13 men who have died in Moranbah region mines since 1972:

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