Moura is a ‘new’ mining town that is more than 150% dependant on the economics of coal mining activities. Coal Mining is big in this area and has a both visual and significant impact on the environment in the area.
There have been three mining disasters that have occurred near Moura:
- The first was the Kiang disaster occurring due to an explosion in the underground workings of the Kianga No. 1 mine on 20 September 1975, claiming 13 miners' lives.
- The second, on 16 July 1986, was an explosion in the Moura No. 4 undergrounds mine, claiming twelve miners' lives, the youngest miner being 18.
- The third was an explosion in the Moura No. 2 underground coal mine on 7 August 1994. Rescue and recovery attempts were abandoned after a second, more violent explosion occurred 18 hours later. Eleven miners' lives had been lost and the mine was sealed at the surface.
After this, underground mining was closed and the area was operated as an open-cut coal mine. The mining world learnt many safety practices from these tragic events. The Moura Museum has all the details on display.
Tourism activities from the mines were not apparent.
Beef, cotton and cereals are other major industries of the area.
Moura is a nice community that deserves an overnight stopover.