Preserving Queensland’s gold mine legacy

Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham announced on Sunday that about 180 abandoned mine shafts near the historic gold rush town of Ravenswood in north Queensland will be backfilled and repaired to preserve the state’s gold mine legacy.

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He said contractors will commence work on 20 May just 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. 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,” the Minister said.

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

According to Dr Lynham, the work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

“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.”

He said the Queensland Government was also planning abandoned mine remediation projects for sites at Croydon in the Gulf of Carpentaria and further works in Ravenswood during the second half of 2015, adding that mine shaft repair programs had been operating in the historic mining communities of Charters Towers since 1996 and Gympie since 1990.

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