Mineworkers Memorial Day service at Aberdare

TRIBUTE: A mural will be unveiled alongside the Jim Comerford Memorial Wall at the mineworkers memorial service at Aberdare on Sunday.The CFMEU Northern Mining and NSW Energy District willholdits 20thannual Memorial Day service at Federation House, Aberdare this Sunday to commemorate the 1800-plus lives lost in mine accidents in our region’s coal mines.
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District president Peter Jordan said the event was an important occasion for the local community to pay its respects to those who have lost their lives in coal mining disasters in the region.

“This annual event is an important time for the families of the 1800 local mineworkers who are commemorated on the memorial wall,” Mr Jordan said.

“It’s also important for our community to come together and remember those who are no longer with us, and we’d encourage everyone to come along.

“This year we are very thankful that we have not lost a mineworker in a disaster in our region and will not need to add new names to the memorial wall.”

At the service, the union and the Mineworkers Trust will unveila new mural thatwould now sit next to the Jim Comerford Memorial Wall.

Mr Jordan said thelarge five-panel mural represents the history of the coal mining industry in our district and reflects on the impacts of disasters on local families.

The mural, titled ‘Waiting’ will be unveiled by its artist Birgitte Hansen and CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor, who will bethe guest speaker at the event.

The service will start at 10.30am and all are welcome.

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