The Hunter Mining Show’s unique approach of a high level of engagement with the regional community has resonated with industry suppliers, resulting in very strong levels of support for the event from regional, national and international suppliers.
The Show, which will be held from March 12-14 in Singleton Council’s Civic Centre – in the heart of the Hunter mining region – incorporates a Community Day and Street Parade aimed at engaging the community across all sectors.
It is being held in conjunction with the inaugural Hunter Coal Festival, which is being run across the entire Hunter region from March 12 to 29.
Peter Eason, chairman of the Hunter Coal Festival, said the Hunter Mining Show was being seen as a unique opportunity for equipment suppliers, service providers and miners to meet, network and do business – and interact with the broader community.
“Already the initial space for the show is sold out, and we are now looking at extending into new undercover display areas to cope with the demand from companies looking to exhibit,”
“We are delighted to have very strong representation from local businesses, such as Geared Engineering, Coal Services/Mines Rescue and Kings Engineering. We’ve got HunterNet, who will include a significant number of smaller suppliers under its banner, Blackwoods, who will have up to 20 smaller suppliers taking an entire pavilion, along with national and multinational suppliers such as Viva Energy, Sandvik Mining, Bridgestone, Pirtek and a number of Chinese manufacturers looking to enter the Australian market.”
Mr Eason said the Show’s community engagement theme had helped attract the attention of industry suppliers.
“This approach has really resonated with suppliers of products and services, many of whom are keen to reinvest in the community through what is a very regionally focussed event,” he said.
“We are also working closely with community groups to involve them in key elements of the show, such as catering, customer service, registration and other important tasks – and ensuring that they get something back from this event.
“Our Community Day is really shaping up to be a big day for Singleton and the Hunter region, with a fantastic range of events that we think will engage the entire community, and showcase the mining industry and what it has to offer. As the unique offering of the Hunter Mining Show gets out to the broader industry, we are getting increasing levels of interest from companies wishing to participate.”