LISTEN: Election could save miners’ memorial money shortfall

A FEW hundred thousand dollars during a Federal election campaign is not much to the major parties but it's the difference between a memorial going ahead or stalling for those trying to get the project off the ground in Moura.

SHOVEL IN DIRT: The concept photo for the entrance to Moura Miner’s Memorial. AMWU Moura committee member John Hempseed said the project had already been delayed due to a lack of funding.
SHOVEL IN DIRT: The concept photo for the entrance to Moura Miner’s Memorial. AMWU Moura committee member John Hempseed said the project had already been delayed due to a lack of funding. Contributed

"In the whole scheme of things it's very disappointing that (only) Zac was able to hit the can and promise us money, if the LNP could see their way clear, I believe they've got a renewed interest in the project now. That is since Zac put his offer on the table."

Mr Hempseed said the memorial was designed to recognise the 50 miners who had lost their lives in both major and minor disasters at Moura and Kianga sites since 1964.

"Sadly to say the number is 50 at this stage and (that is) very high and some of it definitely should never have happened," he said.

"I don't think you can say any death is expected and they all should have been preventable.

"The big disasters are remembered but the ones and twos who have lost their lives in the smaller instances, they deserve the same value and recognition as everybody who has lost their lives and that is the whole design of the memorial."

He said Banana Shire Council had offered significant support for the project and had lobbied political parties extensively.

"The deadline is as soon as we get the money to pay for it but we're looking for money now to get it built," he said.

"Moura memorial was the number one priority on every councillor's list. That was very very gratifying to know they recognise and feel the same way we do."

LNP Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd declined to comment.

The Moura Miners Memorial

Designed to look like underground mine portals

A dome will resemble current open cut method of mining at Moura

Three pillars with miner lamps will represent three major disasters at Moura

Single and double fatalities will also be remembered with the names of those killed at Moura and Kianga coal fields since 1964


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