News

Long wait over: Moura Miners' Memorial set to begin construction

LONG TIME COMING: An artist's impression of how the Moura Miners' Memorial will look from Gillespie St.
LONG TIME COMING: An artist's impression of how the Moura Miners' Memorial will look from Gillespie St. Contributed

BANANA Shire Council has secured $120,000 in funding for the Moura Miners' Memorial, making up the shortfall that has seen the emotionally-charged project languish in the planning stage for several years.

The memorial will be a permanent testimony to the victims of Moura's major mining disasters over the years, including the explosions at Kianga Mine in 1975, the Moura No. 4 mine in 1986 and Moura No. 2 in 1994.

The structure will consist of a domed roof over a central sculpture of three miners' helmets.

Visitors will enter the memorial through a mine shaft-style entrance, on which the names of those lost will be listed.

REMEMBERING THOSE LOST: The inside of the memorial will feature points of light for each miner lost.
REMEMBERING THOSE LOST: The inside of the memorial will feature points of light for each miner lost. Contributed

John Walker, president of Moura Community Progress and a driving force behind the memorial, said the mayor had let the committee know of the decision early last week.

"It was very exciting news,” he said.

"We've been working on this for over three years now, it's been long work.

"Trying to find $550,000, give or take, is a pretty hard ask. Having the council well and truly on board has been a huge help to us and got us over the line.

"The unions have also been very supportive, both at the state and national level.”

Colin Sleep, who lost his father in the Moura No. 4 explosion in 1986, thanked the community members who initiated the process as well as the council and the various organisations, companies and unions that had pledged funding for the project.

Mr Sleep said the effect on his family when his father didn't return home from work had been dramatic.

"(It) is something you don't ever really get over,” he said.

"There are seven kids in the family and we were all deeply affected by it, as was my mother.”

"(The memorial) will be a place where the families, community and visitors are able to reflect and acknowledge those lost workers.”

Funding was secured by the council as part of the State Government's Works for Queensland program, which saw Banana Shire granted $1.73m to be allocated to projects which would spur local job creation.

The memorial is one of nine projects which will be funded by grants from the program.

Division 5 councillor Brooke Leo said having the memorial in Moura meant visitors to the area could understand a piece of the town's history.

"Those lives lost will not be forgotten in our community,” she said.

"It's essentially shovel ready, the design looks amazing and it's going to be a very moving, emotional and important space.

"My role is to represent my community and by supporting the funding for this project, well, I've listened to the things that are important.”

The Works for Queensland funding requires projects to be completed by the end of November, meaning construction on the roughly 16 to 20-week project will need to begin in May or June.

A second stage of the project, a museum dedicated to Moura's mining history, has also been planned.

ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Maurice McPherson with a picture of son Scott, who died in the Moura No. 4 disaster, at a memorial service for the victims last year.
ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Maurice McPherson with a picture of son Scott, who died in the Moura No. 4 disaster, at a memorial service for the victims last year. Andrew Thorpe

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Music festival heading for Biloela

HURRICANE FALL: Will be in Biloela.

Hurricane coming to town

Long way for goat show

HOBBY: Torino Brodie travelled from Charters Towers to show goats at the Callide Valley Show.

Plenty of goats on show

One scary man ladies don't want to date

HE'S made women fall in love with him, then he reveals his dark side

Local Partners

It's grey nomad season

Grey Nomads line the banks of the Dawson River in Theodore and keep the economy alive.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

IT’S been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it?

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt releases debut album in concert

Caitlyn Shadbolt has launched her debut album in a concert at the Gympie Civic Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Caitlyn Shadbolt releases debut album in Gympie concert

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!