1500 remembered at Miners Memorial Day

A MEMORIAL for more than 1500 miners who have lost their lives working Queensland mines has served as a stark reminder of the importance of safety within the industry.

Hundreds turned out at the Queensland Miners Memorial Day Service in Moura to honour the many people who died in the industry.

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said mining had been a vital part of building Queensland since the 1800s.

"Miners Memorial Day is a special but solemn day on the mining industry calendar in Queensland each year," he said.

"Every year on September 19 we hold a memorial service to commemorate those workers who have tragically lost their lives in accidents since the start of mining in Queensland during the 1800s.

"It reminds us all we must never become complacent about safety and must always strive to improve the protection of employees from hazards associated with the mining industry."

The Miners Memorial Day Service is organised in a partnership between the Queensland Government, the mining industry and unions.

It has been held across Queensland with the first two services in Brisbane, before it was moved to Blackwater in 2010, Mount Isa in 2011, Ipswich in 2012, and in Townsville last year.