The Old Injune coal mine, south of Injune in the Maranoa was last week dubbed an official place of significance and added to the Maranoa’s Council’s historic and cultural places register.
The mine was first opened by Maranoa Collieries in 1926 and ceased production in 1963.
The mine originally supplied coal to the railways as well as a small supply to the domestic consumer market. The introduction of diesel-electric trains in the late 1950s saw the mine’s main market collapse, leading to its subsequent closure.
Councillor Ree Price said including the Old Injune Coal Mine in the historic and cultural places register made it eligible for official “heritage site” status.
“It is a popular point of interest for visitors and locals alike, providing an insight into the development of the coal mining industry in the region and the lifestyle of the workmen it employed,” Cr Price said.
“The Maranoa has a great deal of history imbedded in its towns and land.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to help promote this part of our past for all to enjoy.”