Queensland mine shafts to be backfilled

180 abandoned mine shafts near Ravenswood in north Queensland will be backfilled and repaired.

The work is set to begin next week near a popular fossicking area close to the historic gold rush town.

Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said contractors would start off the Burdekin Dam Falls Road about 20 km south of Ravenswood.

“The site is old gold diggings next to an adjoining property that is popular for fossicking,” Dr Lynham said.

“Some of the old mine shafts there are 20 to 30 metres deep and might not be easily seen by visitors moving about the area.

“Local contractors will backfill and cap the old mine shafts and tunnels to make the area safe for the public.”

Lynham said the work should be completed by the end of May.

“Gold mining across Queensland has left a legacy of historic abandoned mine workings, including old mine shafts and tunnels, dotted about the place,” he said.

Ravenswood flourished after gold was discovered there in 1868 until the early 1900s; then declined until the last alluvial gold was extracted in 1948.

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