25 September 2015 –
I recently attended a Miners Memorial Day service in Mt Morgan.
Miners Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who have lost their lives in mining accidents and an opportunity to reinforce the importance of the safety and health of those working in Queensland’s mines.
Since 2008, The Queensland Government, industry, and unions have come together to mark this occasion and honour the memory of more than 1,500 people who have lost their lives in Queensland mines since mining began in the 19th century.
Miners Memorial Day falls on 19 September, this is the anniversary of Queensland’s worst mining disaster. On 19 September 1921, 75 miners lost their lives in a gas explosion in a coal min at Mount Mulligan in North Queensland.
Attending the service at Mt Morgan this week brought home to me again – that workers safety is paramount. Mount Morgan itself is no stranger to mining tragedy, more than 180 people have died in mining accidents in the region. The Mount Morgan Mine operated between 1882 and 1990