Jul 15, 2016

Moura commemorates coalfields disaster

Moura commemorates coalfields disaster Wreath laying in 2014 at the memorial for the 1986 Moura No. 4 disaster, Moura.

A memorial service will be held in Moura, Central Queensland, tomorrow (Saturday) to commemorate 12 miners killed on July 16, 1986 in an underground explosion at the Moura No.4 coal mine.

CFMEU Mines and Energy Queensland District president Stephen Smyth, Queensland Mines and Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham and Chief Inspector of Coal Mines Russell Albury are among those expected to attend.

The 30-year commemoration service will be held at Kianga Hall, McArthur St, Moura from 10.30am.

Dr Lynham today announced that the State Government would contribute to the building of a Moura Miners’ Memorial honouring mine workers tragically lost in mining accidents in the region.

“Moura and its people have played an important role in the history of coal mining in Queensland,” Dr Lynham said.

“The new miners’ memorial planned by the Moura Community Progress Inc is a fitting and lasting tribute to all the brave miners who have lost their lives in mining.

“I understand the memorial project is shovel-ready and the Labor state government is pleased to contribute $25,000 towards this important local initiative.”

Local communities have suffered a number of coal mine disasters. In addition to the Moura No.4 incident 30 years ago, 13 miners were lost in the 1975 Kianga No.1 mine accident and in 1994 the Moura No.2 mine accident claimed 11 lives.

Those lost in the Moura No.4 incident were:

  • Brandt Afton Fechner
  • Carl Steivon Friske
  • Raymond Charles Phillip Holton
  • Steven Craig Hull
  • Kevin Ronald Keyworth
  • Paul Douglas Laing
  • Lee Anthony McCulloch
  • Scott Kenneth McPherson
  • Paul Alan Sainsbury
  • Ernest Kevin Sleep
  • Robert Turner
  • Peter Vincent Waning

For more information on the planned memorial visit www.facebook.com/MouraMinersMemorial