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5 April 2010

Mihi complex in Ipswich set for heritage list


IPSWICH City Council has welcomed the decision by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) to heritage list the Mihi Creek Complex.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said DERM had advised council that it planned to list the Mihi Creek Complex in the Queensland Heritage Register as an archaeological place.

“This location at Mihi Junction at North Ipswich includes the Klondyke Coke Ovens,” he said.

“This area was used by Queens- land Railways for Queensland’s first main line railway to Bigges Camp (now Grandchester).

“From 1871 to 1950 a coal-mining and coke-manufacturing operation occurred in this area.”

Cr Tully said the Mihi deviation was completed in May 1868 after floodwaters caused problems with the original Mihi Creek crossing.

Cr Tully said the Mihi Creek Complex provided physical evi- dence of Ipswich’s early history.

“This site contains archaeological artefacts associated with Queensland’s first main rail line, early coal mining and manufacture.”

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