Mining book reprinted
Friday, 31st January, 2014
By Erica Visser
City Council has decided to reprint a popular book on mining deaths but its retail price will increase by $10.
Eight hundred copies of “The Fatal Lodes”, by Stan Goodman, have been sold for $35 each since the release of the 400-page book in October 2012.
Late last year Mr Goodman, a retired mines inspector, wrote to Council upon the news that there would be no more print runs.
Mr Goodman said that he had received requests for the now sold-out book and noted that he had donated the book to Council at no cost.
Council has lost $3500 in printing the book so far.
Council’s management recommended that it “transfer the ability to print the book to other interested parties” or make it available online.
But Labor Clr Jim Nolan said that it was important that Council maintain control of the book.
“The reasons behind why we voted for the continued publication is that Council continues to have a leadership role in the promotion of our city, including historical heritage,” Clr Nolan said.
“I further commented about making it available online...at cost recovery for downloads but at the same time people wanting hard copies, nicely bound etcetera, for gifts for family and friends would still have the option.
“The book was gifted to Council and I understand (Mr Goodman) did that as a goodwill gesture.
“It should be available but at as a cost-neutral result for Council, so that ratepayers aren’t being impacted.”
Councillors resolved to raise the price of the book to $45 and a print run will only go ahead when payment for 200 copies is received.