New chapter in mining history
IN A monster move, two historic buildings have been shifted by DJ and MA Hose from the Torbanlea Mine Museum site on the back of a semi-trailer to the Burrum and District Historical Society site at Howard last week.
A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said the relocation of the slab hut and a former mine manager’s residence was part of a program to consolidate the Burrum’s mining history at Howard.
Torbanlea resident Lionel Jones said it was horrible the buildings were taken out of town.
“They’ve been there for a long time,” he said. “They’ve gone to the other side of the river now.”
A council spokesman said the project to remove the buildings, clean up the Torbanlea site and create the larger Burrum Museum display came out of consultation with Torbanlea residents.
He said locals had contacted the council and asked for the site to be cleaned up and made safe following concerns squatters had moved into some of the buildings and were damaging them.
The council spokesman said other significant items from Torbanlea had already been moved to the larger display at Howard and buildings which were beyond restoration or damaged beyond repair would be demolished.
“Once the site has been cleaned up, some of the site will be developed into an open space recreation area which will incorporate an interpretative artwork based on a large piece of mine machinery from the former museum to reflect the rich mining history of the Burrum district,” he said.
“The remainder of the site will be offered for sale.”