VALUABLE EXERCISE: Members of the Ipswich and Rosewood Coal Miners Memorial trust have raised awareness of their campaign at shopping centres around Ipswich.
VALUABLE EXERCISE: Members of the Ipswich and Rosewood Coal Miners Memorial trust have raised awareness of their campaign at shopping centres around Ipswich.

Memorial for miners is everyone's project

THE campaign to recognise Ipswich's fallen miners has turned into a shopping centre road show in a bid to generate public support for the memorial.

The Ipswich and Rosewood Coal Miners Memorial trust has raised $335,000 in a quest to build an impressive memorial at Limestone Park.

They need to raise $850,000 to construct the memorial, which consists of two pylons and a bronze 20m wall bearing the names of those who have died in Ipswich's mines.

A light will eternally shine next to each of the miner's names.

Trustee Beres Evans said while corporate support had slowed in recent weeks, the visits to Ipswich's shopping centres had proved to be a valuable exercise.

The Trust produced a pamphlet detailing the project, which they handed out to shoppers.

"It went very well. We are generating a community awareness campaign on what we are trying to achieve," he said.

"We are getting great interest and total support from the people. The idea of the information booths is to hand out pamphlets and make people aware of what we are trying to achieve."

Mr Evans said the memorial's main purpose was to give the coal mining heartland a permanent reminder of its history.

"The theme we are pushing to the community is we were the first industry," he said.

"The big thing we have tried to generate is there is nothing in Ipswich to recognise that mining existed."

Cash or cheque donations can be dropped into the QT office at 260 Brisbane St, West Ipswich or visit coalminersmemorial.com.au/.



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