The Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’Halloran MP today paid respect to the 43 people who lost their lives in the Mount Lyell Disaster at Queenstown one hundred years ago.

“The Mount Lyell Disaster remains Tasmania’s worst mining tragedy, and its impacts on the tight knit community of Queenstown are still felt one hundred years later,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“Mining is still central to life on the west coast, and it is a mark of the Queenstown community’s respect for its heritage that they have come together today to commemorate this tragedy in such a meaningful way.”

“This is not just about commemorating a tragedy, it’s also about making sure we learn from our experiences and avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.”

“Queenstown is a town that’s reinventing itself, and part of that is paying respect to the town’s rich heritage and the important role it has played in our nation’s history, and the role it will continue to play in future.”
Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Member for Braddon Friday, 12 October 2012