Violent death and tragedy are constant companions for mining communities, but few have experienced the depth of anguish that has swamped the people of Moura in central Queensland. On three occasions since 1975, explosions have wracked the local coal mine and on every occasion the townsfolk have bonded in grief to bury the dead. And every time they have rallied to make a fresh start. Not that they have forgotten. The Kianga Memorial Hall outside Moura and a bronze statue in the town commemorate the 36 men who have died at the coal face. Although just about every family has been touched by the mining tragedies, coal is not the be-all-and-end-all in Moura. The town has a grain storage capacity of 192,000 tonnes which makes it the second largest wheat dump in Queensland, while between 800 and 1200 head of cattle pass through the Mopura saleyards at the fortnightly sale. Apex Park, 10km out of town, provides BBQs and other picnic facilities on the banks of the Dawson River which attracts swimmers and fishermen.