Here's how the government will fix the sinkhole


A TEMPORARY road is being built behind the McKay's property to make way for trucks carrying the gravel, soil and large blocks of rock that will be used to fill the hole.

A mine shaft has been found at the bottom of the hole and some of the soil dug out on Thursday has been replaced to stop the sides of the hole caving in.

On Friday the hole will be dug out again and filled, hopefully for the last time. 

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said in a statement using a the combination of material was the "best option" given the local ground conditions.

The McKay's home is built on black soil and the layers will allow water to rise to the surface, if the hole refills.  

The government hasn't said how much it will cost to repair the hole or when it will be safe for the pensioners to return to their home.  

The works are expected to be finished within the next two weeks.


THE hole that swallowed an Ipswich couple's backyard is even bigger today.

But it's not because the ground is still collapsing. 

Expert workers from the State Government have this morning used an excavator to dig more than eight metres down.

Timber slats are clearly visible among the piles of dirt being deposited just outside Lynn and Ray McKay's Basin Pocket property boundary, supporting the theory the sinkhole was caused by the collapse of an old mine shaft.

Lynn and Ray have spent a second night in a hotel, but returned to their home this morning where they were briefed by the workers.

The pair haven't officially been told when they will be able to move back in, although government officials said in a statement Lynn and Ray would likely be back in their own beds tonight.

Workers explain the process to home owner Ray McKay
Workers explain the process to home owner Ray McKay Helen Spelitis

In the statement released this morning the State Government said it would know more once the site had been properly excavated after pumping the water out yesterday.

The hole will be back filled once the assessment is finished.

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