MOURA MIN­ERS LIVE ON IN NEW WORKS

Moura Min­ers Memo­rial gets un­der way in three months

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

MOURA man John Walker has taken great plea­sure in be­ing the first per­son to hold the shovel and turn the sod of earth on the grounds where the Moura Min­ers Memo­rial will be built.

As Pres­i­dent of the Moura Com­mu­nity Progress, John has been a driv­ing force be­hind the memo­rial along with the help of the many oth­ers on com­mit­tee and var­i­ous dig­ni­taries and was proud to turn the sod on Mon­day.

Go­gango com­pany Build­ab­ull was awarded the ten­der for the build­ing of the site and Shane Howkins said his team couldn’t wait to get started.

“It is a one of a kind struc­ture.”

Build­ab­ull is the master builder be­hind ren­o­va­tions

at the Red Lion Ho­tel in Rock­hamp­ton, a home in Yep­poon that looks out along Farn­bor­ough Beach and sim­i­lar to the min­ers memo­rial, the An­zac memo­rial in Emu Park.

“Then some other lit­tle ren­o­va­tions as well like prop­er­ties and sheds,” Shane said.

He said the unique de­sign of the struc­ture was what drew him to the job.

“You don’t see many struc­tures that are a sphere and have so much tim­ber and steel, it is a one off project,” he said.

While it is unique, Shane said his team was up to the

chal­lenge.

“I don’t think any of it will be overly dif­fi­cult, once we get into it will be al­right.”

Build­ab­ull con­sists of nine men in the team and Shane said three or four would be work­ing on the site.

Shane ex­pects the build­ing to take three months.

“I’m from the coun­try and some of the boys are from around here so they are keen to stay around, it’ll be good,” he said.

Mine dis­as­ter survivor Peter Ein is happy to see the memo­rial go ahead af­ter four years of hard work from the com­mit­tee and lo­cals.

“It means a lot to me. I lost a brother in-law and a lot of mates,” he said.

“The memo­rial has been a long time com­ing, I think it is a good idea.”

Peter was work­ing at the mine when the 1994 dis­as­ter hap­pened and was on night shift for the 1986 dis­as­ter.

“I was on QLD Mines Res­cue Bri­gade and we re­trieved the bod­ies from the Moura No. 4 dis­as­ter,” he said.

“It’s some­thing that never leaves you, it is al­ways on your mind.”

PHOTOS: VANESSA JAR­RETT

TURN­ING THE SOD: Charlie Seeney, Mina McGuire, John Walker with builder Shane Howkins and Mayor Nev Fer­rier and Coun­cil­lor Brooke Leo.

John Walker and Mina McGuire turn­ing the sod on the land of the Moura Min­ers Memo­rial.

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