Qld Governor pays tribute to Grosvenor miners
QUEENSLAND'S Governor delivered a heartfelt speech about the five miners injured in the Grosvenor mine blast during a visit to the Moranbah Miners Memorial.
Paul de Jersey's visit was part of the sixth regional Government House program, where the Governor bases himself in regional areas for up to a week to replicate what would otherwise happen in the capital.
Using Gladstone as a base, the Governor planned to visit Moranbah, Maryborough, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands this week.
He laid a wreath at the Moranbah Miners Memorial during his visit on Wednesday.
The Governor said the names of 13 miners inscribed on the sandstone were a sad reminder of the deadly risks involved in the mining industry.
"We live in perpetual hope, as a community, that once the hard work in the earth is done, miners shall forevermore emerge to the caress of a fresh breeze across their face," he said.
"The townspeople of Moranbah held their collective breath when this memorial was unveiled in November last (year).
"That number, 13, they hoped, would not soon swell.
"If we may dwell momentarily in the realm of the spirit, the eternal light which preserves their memory kept a watchful eye over the Grosvenor mine on May 6 this year."
The Governor thanked the first responders for their efforts in saving the lives of the five men that night following the underground blast.
He extended his best wishes to the men, their families and colleagues.
All five miners have now been released from hospital and are recovering through continued medical treatment.
During a busy afternoon in Moranbah, His Excellency also received a briefing at Isaac Regional Council from Mayor Anne Baker and councillors, met students at Moranbah State School and hosted a community afternoon tea.
Cr Baker said it was an honour to have the Governor visit the Isaac region again.
"The Governor visited Moranbah in August 2017 and has a genuine interest in our region," she said.
Cr Baker said the Governor was concerned about how the Isaac region was coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic setbacks.
"It is said that mining in general continues to do well across the country, providing exports to support the national economy in these difficult times, and the coal-mining enterprises in Isaac are certainly playing a vital role," she said.
"However, I also know some smaller businesses and individuals in Isaac are facing dire circumstances and we will continue to support our communities.
"Our recession response framework has been making a big difference, with hundreds of thousands of dollars distributed to needy businesses and organisations."