• Michelle Meehan

Public Recognition For Legendary Pit Ponies

They toiled tireless hundreds of metres below the ground to haul coal extracted from the region’s rich seams. Now some of the hardest workers in the South Maitland Coalfields will have their contributions to the mining industry honoured, with a life-sized statue of a pit horse set to be erected in Kurri Kurri’s Rotary Park.

More than $100,000 has already been raised by the community for the project, and sculptor Brett Garling is well advanced on creating the bronze statue, which has now been expanded to include a pit horse, skip and wheeler as well.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, with fundraising efforts continuing to enable the