Diggers and Dealers 2017 to continue despite venue closure

The 2017 Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie will go ahead in August despite reports its venue, the Goldfields Arts Centre, will close tomorrow.

In a statement, event chairman Nick Giorgetta said Diggers and Dealers was aware of reports that the Western Australian Government had advised the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder that the centre would be placed on care and maintenance on June 30 at the end of the lease to the City.

“This relates to an ongoing dispute between the City (of Kalgoorlie Boulder) and state government regarding ongoing responsibility for operations and deficit funding of the Arts Centre,” Giorgetta said.

“Diggers and Dealers has been advised by the CEO of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder this morning that the minister has confirmed that all existing bookings of the Goldfields Arts Centre, including Diggers and Dealers, will be honoured and she will work with the City to resolve the outstanding issues for the longer-term resolution for the future of the Arts Centre.”

Giorgetta added that Diggers and Dealers continues to take a long-term commitment to Kalgoorlie Boulder and encourages all parties to ensure the Arts Centre remains a valuable part of the Goldfields community.

According to The West, the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder leases the building from WA’s Department of Training and Workforce Development with a $300,000 a year subsidy for operational costs, which expires tomorrow.

The 2017 Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum is scheduled for August 7-9.

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