Wentworth Mine display receives an addition

BACK IN TIME: Blacksmith Dave Walker shows Cassilis residents Jenny Riley and Des Turnbull the tools of his trade. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0108dcwentworth1
BACK IN TIME: Blacksmith Dave Walker shows Cassilis residents Jenny Riley and Des Turnbull the tools of his trade. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0108dcwentworth1

LUCKNOW’S iconic backlit mining rigs will receive an addition this year, with $19,000 to be spent lighting the old Reform Mine site.

Wentworth Mine has attracted up to 150 visitors a weekend since it opened in October 2013 and council staff will work with the owner of the Reform Mine site opposite to control weeds and build lighting to illuminate the poppet head.

Orange City Council cultural heritage committee chair Reg Kidd said it was great to be able to tell part of the gold mining story.

“The poppet heads at the top of the old mine shafts are very visible to tourists passing on the highway, so travellers welcome the opportunity to step inside some of the old buildings,” he said

Cassilis residents Jenny Riley and Des Turnbull visited Wentworth on Sunday.

“It’s wonderful they’ve restored it so you can get the imagination of it,” she said.

The mine is open on the first full weekend of the month from 10am-2.30pm and entry is $2 for adults.