‘Unheard of’: CQ underground mine opens up to the public

An underground mine near Moranbah has been opened up to members outside the sector for the first time ever — all for a very special reason.

Fitzroy Australia Resources has started a new initiative where family members of workers at its Carborough Downs mine can experience a day at the site first-hand.

Several Family Open Days were held earlier this month, giving family members an opportunity to don the high-vis and safety gear to go underground and tour the workshops, warehouse and coal-handling plant.

Fitzroy Australia Resources chief executive Grant Polwarth said family and friends from as far away as New Zealand took part in the Family Open Days.

“As a family business, it was an incredibly proud moment to acknowledge and thank the unsung heroes of our industry: the wives, husbands, parents, partners and families of the Fitzroy team who support us and the demands of the industry we love,” Mr Polwarth said.

“Without their support and belief in us, none of this would be possible.”

Children who took part in the festivities enjoyed jumping castles, fairy floss, popcorn and a colouring competition.

Each child was also presented with a souvenir to help them remember the day — their very own Fitzroy high-vis work shirt embroidered with their names, just like mum or dad.