The Moranbah Miner’s memorial has been officially opened last Friday by a range of dignatories and mineworkers from across the Isaac region. The memorial pays tribute to the thirteen miner’s who have died in tragic mining accidents since mining began in the region.
The memorial features a bronze casting of a miner in contemplation over his lost mates. The miner looks 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.
The memorial was generously established as 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.
Mayor Baker from Isaac Regional Council said the memorial unveiling and service on Friday, 8 November 2019, gave her a huge sense of Isaac pride.
“We remember the human cost to an industry that is in our DNA,” Mayor Baker said.
“We know how much a fatality resonates in each and every member of our community.
“This is thanks to an overwhelming amount of blood, sweat and tears to ensure we have a fitting reminder of those we’ve lost on the job.
“To the families and friends of our miners who have passed, this is your peaceful place for us all to come together and reflect.
“The lives we’ve lost in the Moranbah mines and those we’ve lost on the roads to and from work, in work camps and from coal-related diseases, these men were fathers, sons husbands, brothers, uncles and nephews and as a community, we stand with you.”
The memorial pays tribute to the death of thirteen miners from 1972 – 2019.
Brian Maloney, Goonyella Mine, 20th December 1972
Bruce Robertson, Goonyella Mine 27th March 1974
Athol Parry, Peak Downs Mines, 28th December 1974
Ian Veitch, Goonyella Mine, 7th May 1975
Ronald Miller, Goonyella Mine, 21st November 1975
Peter Reynolds, Peak Downs Mine, 9 May 1986
Selwyn Humphrys, Goonyella Mine, 19 November 1986
Gordon Wood, Goonyella Mine, 19th December 1990
Jason Blee, Moranbah North Mine, 9th April 2007
Ravi Chandra, Goonyella Riverside Mine, 8th July 2010
Donald Mason, Broadmeadows Mine, 27th December 2014
Daniel Springer, Goonyella Riverside Mine, 6th August 2017
Bradley Hardwick, Moranbah North Mine, 20th February 2019
It is located in the Moranbah Town Square (Link to Google Maps)