Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed
Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed Contributed

Regional hearing on black lung coming to Emerald

THE Queensland Parliamentary Select Committee conducting an inquiry into the re-emergence of black lung or Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP) disease has announced a schedule of further public hearings in regional Queensland.

Following on from an initial evidence-gathering tour of affected towns in November, the CWP Select Committee's December hearings will take place in Rockhampton, Tieri, Blackwater and Emerald from December 12-16.

The hearings will be open to the public, and committee chair Jo-Ann Miller MP said the committee is encouraging community members to attend and participate.

"So far we have received some very comprehensive and revealing evidence in regional locations, and the committee is hoping that these December hearings will give us the opportunity to hear even more from those affected or with expert knowledge or insights on the topic,” Mrs Miller said.

"We are calling on stakeholders to get involved so that we can really identify and learn from past and current system failings and formulate a sophisticated response to the issues and practices that have let down our mine workers and their families.

"This is an important opportunity for community members to have their say and help us continue to develop our understanding of how this tragedy has transpired and how we can address and prevent the incidence of black lung disease in the future.

"I would encourage all interested parties to participate or attend a hearing.”

Details about the timing and location of each of the December regional hearings, together with other information about the committee's activities, is available on the inquiry website.

A full hearing schedule for the week is also attached.

The committee is now inviting expressions of interest to participate as a witness at the December regional hearings, which can be made via email to cwpsc@parliament.qld.gov.au or on 07 3553 6645.


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