Singleton, NSW, July 15, 2014: The Hunter Mining Show 2015, a new trade exhibition developed by and for the Hunter Region mining industry, will have its launch edition in Singleton – the heart of the NSW coal industry – in March next year.
To be held from March 12-14, 2015, the Hunter Mining Show 2015 is a community-focussed mining trade show, running in conjunction with the inaugural Hunter Coal Festival.
Peter Eason, chairman of the Hunter Coal Festival, said the exhibition would be a unique opportunity for equipment suppliers, service providers and miners to meet, network and do business as part of the region’s mining community.
“Owned by the Singleton Business Chamber, the Hunter Mining Show will work with the region’s major mining companies, leading equipment suppliers, local businesses and the NSW Minerals Council,” said Mr Eason.
“We have developed the Hunter Mining Show to be the trade show component of the inaugural Hunter Valley Coal Festival, which itself will be a celebration of mining’s contribution to the Hunter community during March 2015.
“The show will also be a showcase for the mining industry to present its products, achievements and innovations to the broader community, helping all sectors achieve a better understanding of what the industry has to offer,” he said.
“And at a time when the Hunter mining sector is doing it really tough – this event will help remind the industry and the wider community that despite everything, the mining industry is still responsible for a huge amount of business in the region.
“It will be an ideal opportunity for those businesses and suppliers who are a key part of this industry to showcase their support for Hunter mining,” he said.
Mr Eason said the Hunter Mining Show would be very different to a “traditional” mining trade exhibition
“The major point of difference for this event is it has been designed for and by the Hunter business community and mining industry – with the aim of meeting the diverse needs of all sections of the mining industry, from senior management to those at the coalface.”
For example, the first two days of the show has been designated “trade only”, offering a local venue for suppliers to exhibit their latest offerings and engage with key representatives from the NSW mining industry.
“Day 3 of the show will be open to the wider community as well, providing an opportunity for anyone with an interest in mining and what it has to offer – families, kids, partners, friends, students and the like – to come along and see the latest technology and innovations,” he said.
“The Hunter Mining Show’s ‘Community Day’ has been designed to really bring the regional community together with the mining industry, including a parade through the streets of Singleton.
“The parade will feature equipment on display at the show, along with historical mining equipment, as well as community floats – in a real celebration of the success and prosperity that coal mining has brought to the region.”
Mr Eason said that because the Hunter Mining Show had been developed with and was owned by the local business community, show pricing and packages had been structured to meet the needs of local suppliers – with profits flowing back to the local community.
“We have engaged professional show organisers and promoters – with wide experience with mining exhibitions around Australia – to carry out sales and management for the Hunter Mining Show,” said Mr Eason.
“The Hunter Mining Show will be widely promoted through local and regional Hunter Valley mainstream and industry media, as well as through key national and international mining publications.
“In addition, as a locally owned show, servicing the Hunter region, much of the marketing and promotion for the show will be through the industry and the community, leveraging personal contacts and word of mouth,” he said.