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“Also not a lot of people know
about this site. I had some tour-
ists recently who said to me that
this is the best kept secret in Aus-
Coal was discovered near Cape
Paterson in 1826, and the State
Coal Mine was established in
The township of Wonthaggi
had humble roots as a tent city,
from which thousands of people
worked to mine coal for Victoria.
The mine was one of the largest
coal mines in Australia, and at its
peak in 1926 was producing up to
2472 tons of coal per day.
Coal mined from Wonthaggi and
surrounding areas fuelled indus-
try in Victoria, with the Victorian
Railways buying 90 per cent of the
In 1928, 60 per cent of Victorian
Railways’ coal consumption came
The mine was eventually closed
Now the site of the State Coal
Mine is kept operational as a tour-
ist attraction, with underground
tours and interactive museum dis-
plays at the model village giving
visitors an insight into life back in
the early 20th century.
The volunteers work tirelessly
year-round to keep the mine open
and functional, from running tours
for visitors, gardening, working in
the gift shop and café, to working
underground in the mines pump-
Volunteers range from people
with a family link to the mines, to
those who have in recent years relo-
cated to Bass Coast and are keen to
give back to their local community.
Mr Harrop, who is close to clock-
ing up 30 years of volunteer service
with the Friends of the State Coal
Mine, said that ideal future volun-
teers were recent retirees who had
an interest in local history, or any-
one who has the time and passion
to dedicate to the mine.
“Early retirees would be great.
We want to look to that next gen-
eration of volunteers to help keep
the mine going,” he said.
No matter what the task, whether
it’s staying back late on a Tuesday
night to pump water out of the
mine shafts, to showing tourists
around the model village, no task
is too great for a Friend of the State
When asked what it was that has
kept him volunteering for so many
years, Mr Harrop was quick to an-
“The place has a real magic to it.
We always have a good laugh, and
it’s really special here,” he said.
“It never gets boring.”
Anyone who is interested in vol-
unteering as a Friend of the State
Coal Mine and helping to preserve
the future of the heritage site is en-
couraged to contact the State Coal
Mine on 8427 2118.
Can you save our mine?
CAPE Paterson’s Meredith Ban-
bidi was over the moon to win a
hot air balloon adventure for two
across the Yarra Valley thanks to
the Wonthaggi Plaza.
The plaza welcomed customers
to sign up to its new VIP club for
the chance to win the hot air bal-
loon ride as well as two nights’ ac -
commodation in a two -bedroom
cottage in the Dandenong Ranges.
Meredith signed up at the plaza
and said it was amazing to win
“I didn’t think it was true when
I got the phone call and I’d like to
say an enormous thank you to the
Wonthaggi Plaza, ” she said.
“I’m into photography so I’ll be
taking millions of photos, so no
doubt I’ll have it all documented. ”
Meredith has never been on a
hot air balloon ride and now has
the tough task of choosing who to
go with her.
“When I told my daughter, she
asked me a million questions, ”
“As soon as she heard I had
won, she said ‘who are you tak-
“I ’ve got three other kids as well,
so we’ll work something out. ”
Customers can still sign up for
the VIP club and keep an eye out
for another competition at Easter.
RIGHT: Wonthaggi Plaza’s
Toni Smith congratulates cus-
tomer Meredith Banbidi on win-
ning a hot air balloon adventure
as well as two nights’ accommo -
dation in a two -bedroom cot-
tage in the Dandenong Ranges,
as part of the plaza’s VIP club
Meredith wins hot air
Friends of the State Coal Mine Colin Ormerod, Rod McLean, Steve Harrop, Jack Blundell, Margaret McCulley and Lou Storti are looking
for the next generation of volunteers to help keep the heritage site operational. ms121217
Request for cover
RESIDENTS of Back Beach Road in San Remo
have presented a petition to Bass Coast Shire
councillors, asking for a streetlight globe cover.
The petition, which had six signatures, asks
that council installs a simple cover around
the globe on a streetlight on Wynne Road, San
Remo, to prevent light from shining brightly into
“The light is ridiculously powerful, and shines
directly into our rear lounge and bed rooms,
from dusk to dawn, spoiling our night views
over the San Remo foreshore, bridge and har-
bour views,” the petition reads.
The petition will now lie on the table at council
until the next ordinary council meeting in April.
COUNCILLORS have received a petition from
San Remo locals, calling for Punchbowl Road to
be made safer for pedestrians and drivers alike.
The petition, with 10 signatures, asks that
the speed limit of the gravel road be limited to
20km/h in an effort to reduce dust and speeding.
The petition will lay on the table at council un-
til the next ordinary council meeting in April.
Plea for speed changes
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