Close to 400 people are expected to attend Queensland Miners Memorial Day services in Mount Isa today.
The memorial comes on the 90th anniversary of the state’s worst mining disaster at Mt Mulligan mine, when coal dust ignited, killing 75 miners, according to the North West Star.
“The service will honour the city of Mount Isa as a whole and its contribution to the economic development of Queensland,” a spokesperson for mining minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.
The event is reportedly one of the largest on QLD mining calendars, Mount Isa MP Betty Kiernan said.
“Each year on 19 September, we hold a memorial service to commemorate the more than 1450 miners who have lost their lives in Queensland since the start of mining during the 1800s,” she said.
“This event offers the opportunity for mine workers and relatives of those who have lost their lives to gather and remember friends and loved ones.
Hinchliffe, civic leaders, mining executives, union representatives, miners, and their families are all expected to attend.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently attended a mining memorial in the Hunter Valley, which remembered more 1800 miners who have been killed in the region since mining began.