Austmine 2009 has been postponed indefinitely due to the global financial crisis, Austmine spokesperson Robert Trzebski told MINING DAILY.
According to Trzebski, the mining exhibition will most likely be re-scheduled for early next year.
Previous conferences in Queensland and Western Australia, held during the recent mining boom, attracted many international mining delegations including groups from South America, India, China, Africa and other parts of the world.
But in the midst of major industry retrenchment announcements, project deferrals and spending cuts, Austmine has received confirmation that a number of overseas mining company delegations and speakers can’t get to Adelaide at the end of March.
“Our members are committed to the event, and the board of Austmine remains committed to holding the conference and expo in Adelaide. However, at this time the rapid changes in the global mining industry have made things too fluid,” Austmine chairman Alan Broome said.
“The schedule of key international speakers is unsettled, and travel by big foreign mining organisations has been cancelled.