Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been selected to host the four day conference. Image: BCEC

By Elizabeth Fabri

BRISBANE has secured a bid to host one of the world’s largest international mining events, which is expected to attract more than 2000 delegates from 40 countries.

The 26th World Mining Congress (WMC), held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in July 2021 over four days, would put a spotlight on Australia’s innovation leadership in the mining sector.

Led by CSIRO in partnership with the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the conference was expected to generate $5 million in economic benefits to the State.

CSIRO energy research director for coal mining Dr Hua Guo said mining innovation was key to maximising the value of natural resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

 “The 26th WMC in Brisbane will provide a great opportunity for research bodies, industry and government to collaborate on challenges facing the mining sector,” Dr Guo said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said securing the premier mining event demonstrated Brisbane’s ability to work strategically with its partners and stakeholders to attract major conferences.

“Brisbane Marketing’s Convention Bureau was proud to help secure the World Mining Congress for the city,” Cr Quirk said.

“The energy and resources industry has also been identified by the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan as a key growth sector for Brisbane and the Congress will showcase our innovation and expertise in this field to experts from across the world.”