School shaft program starts

WESTERN Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has begun a project to protect the safety of children in three regional schools located near abandoned mine shafts.

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Extensive mining across WA since the mid-1800s has resulted in thousands of abandoned mine features across the state, such as shafts.

The first stage of the Abandoned Mines Program School Shaft Project will assess the safety risks of mine shafts located within 1km of schools in Cue, Marble Bar and Yalgoo and prioritise managing and