A new Miners Memorial Monument will be built in Ipswich, Queensland to commemorate the sacrifice and contribution of miners in the state.
The announcement was made during stage two of the Rosewood Memorial in Limestone Park, with the new monument to be constructed in Redbank early next year.
“This monument will recognise the historic significance of coal mining to the proud communities of Ipswich and its surrounds,” resources and mines minister Anthony Lynham said.
Lynham went on to explain the significance of the Rosewood Memorial.
“The opening of stage two of the Rosewood memorial, the illumination, specifically commemorates the 180 men and boys who lost their lives in the coal mines within the Ipswich-Rosewood area since mining began at Redbank in 1843,” he said.
“This includes the 18 lives lost in the Box Flat Mine disaster on 31 July, 1972 – the worst mining disaster in Ipswich’s history.
“Fittingly, it also provides an opportunity to remember those miners across the state who have contributed so much to Queensland’s growth and prosperity.”
Lynham added that it was a reminder for everyone in the mining industry to reflect and focus on improving mine safety.
Earlier this year the Queensland Government supported the development of a new Moura Miners’ Memorial, commemorating the workers killed during an underground explosion at the Moura No.4 coal mine on July 16, 1968.