The Ipswich and Rosewood Coal Miners memorial will create a place for reflection and commemoration of the role of the men and boys, and their families, in the evolution of the underground coal industry in the region.
It was an industry that formed the backbone of the community for generations and served to develop the region and greater Queensland at critical times in history. The memorial will honour their contribution and, importantly, commemorate those men and boys who whilst working the mines, gave their lives.
The contract for stage one of the project has been signed with builder TP.Turner. Materials for the wall have been ordered and offsite construction has commenced. Work is scheduled to commence onsite in March, 2015. No contract for stage two, the columns, has yet been signed. An estimate of $250,000 has been received for the columns. The Ipswich City Council agreed to Project Manage the building of the memorial.