FOLLOWING the success of last year’s show, Swan Exhibitions has turned its Mining Australia Exhibition into an annual event from 2012 onwards.
“We had such a good response at the 2011 show that we decided we were going to go annual with this event,” Swan Exhibitions events manager Keith Castellas said.
Richards Mining Services is this year’s major gold sponsor, with ASB Marketing sponsoring showbags and UON Power & Water the official powerprovider. Macmahon Contracting, Sarens Cranes, MSS Security are other sponsors supporting the event.
The Australian Mining Review is the event’s official print media partner and Redwave Media, which hosts Red FM, is the official regional radio partner. This year, the exhibition is being held at the Belmont Racecourse from March 28 to 30. At the time of writing, the event was 90 per cent sold: two months in advance of any previous year, according to Mr Castellas.
Swan Exhibitions has invited exhibitors from mining, contractor and mining service companies both nationally and internationally.
The exhibition is an opportunity for companies to showcase the latest technological advancements in their services and equipment to major decision makers and personnel from the mining, resources and government sectors.
Exhibition themes include employment, education, training, mine safety, security, minerals exploration, and environmental monitoring and control.
The event targets decision makers within mining, minerals processing, earthmoving, transport, power generation, occupational health and safety, human resources and environmental sectors, as well as related government bodies.
Companies from China, India, Korea, US, South Africa, New Zealand and Germany will also be exhibiting this year.
Last year’s show had about 90 exhibitors and Mr Castellas said he anticipated there would be more than 100 exhibitors this year.
Some of the more well-known companies that will be exhibiting include Richards Mining Services, Macmahon Contractors, La Mancha Resources, Rio Tinto, Oz Minerals, Central Earth Moving and BGC.
Mr Castellas said the exhibition was a great place for mining service companies to create brand awareness for their products and services, and for making direct contacts in the industry. WIN TV has a media partnership with
Swan Exhibitions and will be sponsoring the Awards Night Presentation. Channel 9 Perth is also supporting the event and both media outlets will be ensuring the exhibition receives publicity throughout Perth and regional WA. More than 4500 industry personnel are anticipated to attend the event. “We want it to be a trade show for trade companies,” Mr Castellas said. The first day of the exhibition will focus on the WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management’s annual state conference, the theme of which this year is “The Art of Getting Things Done”.
A range of project professionals from finance, resources, oil and gas sectors will address delegates. The speakers will share stories and case studies to promote project management development and allow attendees to gain insight into the challenges faced by others in the field. The conference will also offer project managers the opportunity to up-skill, network and share knowledge.
This year’s exhibition is also different in that it will involve a skilled labour recruitment drive.
La Mancha Resources will exhibit in the Careers in Mining section to enlist skilled workers for its Frogs Leg gold mine in Kalgoorlie, WA.
“La Mancha can offer employees a residential lifestyle that allows [them] to have a work-life balance. Frogs Leg is 20 minutes from Kalgoorlie Boulder and offers attractive benefits such as relocation, private health insurance, and training and development programs,” La Mancha human resources advisor Nicole Mann said.
“We are looking for motivated technical professionals, skilled trade personnel such as fitters and experienced UG operators to join our team.” Swan Exhibitions has invited human resources professionals from mining companies around Australia. The careers section provides an opportunity for employment, education and training organisations to meet stakeholders from Australia’s resources sector and collaborate on addressing skills shortage issues.
Also, the exhibition enables industry representatives to work together on assessing future employment trends within the sector. There will be a series of practical displays during the three days of the exhibition.
This year, La Mancha has committed its emergency response team to provide the show with a series of mine rescue demonstrations. “There will be two demonstrations a day plus people can have a look at equipment we use and ask us any questions about mine rescue and emergency response on mine sites.
The plan is there will be a vehicle extrication or road crash demonstration in the morning,” La Mancha emergency services co-ordinator Pat Willcocks said. “Most road crash rescue scenes are different and on mine sites they
are different again, because of the interactions between heavy machinery and light vehicles and pedestrians so the implications of having a major or heavy vehicle crash could be pretty devastating – it’s probably one of our higher risks.
“Road crash rescue is the removal of the vehicle from around an injured or trapped casualty, not the removal of the casualty from the vehicle. “Road crash rescue demonstration will involve the use of the jaws of life, our hydraulic cutters and spreaders – also the use of a hydraulic ram to assist in the removal of the vehicle from around the casualty and the removal of the car from around the patient.” The afternoon rescue simulation will be a heights rescue demonstration using a scaffold platform, technical rope methods and harnesses. It will involve vertical rescues and rescues from depth.