23rd August 2023.
Appin Mine Disaster.
I stand before you today to reflect on a sombre anniversary that still resonates deeply within our hearts—the Appin Mine Disaster, which occurred 44 years ago. The tragic loss of 14 miners profoundly impacted our community, leaving an enduring void that we continue to carry with us. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Appin Public School, the Illawarra Union Singers, and Frank Lachterbach for their poignant addresses during this memorial. Their words have served as a moving tribute, honouring the lives of those we lost and reminding us of the strength and unity that binds our community. Families of the victims have shown unwavering dedication in preserving the memories of their loved ones. Through their tireless efforts, the legacy of the fallen miners lives on, serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made. As we gather here today, let us take a moment to remember the lives lost and the impact of this tragedy on our community. May their memory serve as a guiding light, uniting us in solidarity and compassion. We honour the lives lost in the Appin Mine Disaster and pledge never to forget the enduring impact it has had on our community.