The Friends of Morden Mine say time is running out to preserve what remains above ground of the historic Morden Colliery coal mine.
The mine’s 102-year-old concrete head frame and coal tipple is the oldest of only two structures of its kind left in North America.
On Tuesday, the Association asked the Regional District of Nanaimo to get on board with their goal of saving the crumbling structure, and ask the federal government on their behalf for about $2.8 million worth of critical infrastructure funding.
Eric Ricker, Co-President of the Association, says the Modern mine is a rare industrial heritage site.
Ricker says it’s a great shame the RDN board doesn’t seem interested in making the project a priority.
Ricker says the engineering reports show that if something’s not done soon, there will be nothing left to save. Meanwhile, the provincial government has already said they’re not interested in helping to preserve the Morden mine.