Diggers and Dealers 2020 has been pushed back to October as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
The high-profile mining event held in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, was due to be staged in August, but the organisers have decided to move the event out of the winter period.
The committee had paid close attention to developments in Australia and Internationally in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19, said forum chair, Jim Walker in a statement.
“With our focus being on the safety and health of delegates, and the increasing uncertainty around large events, we believe that moving the Diggers & Dealers mining forum to 12, 13, and 14 October 2020 is the responsible action to take,” he said.
“By moving the event out of the winter period, we believe we are allowing more time for authorities to assess information and guide our decision making.
“Due to the lead times and logistics associated with holding the event in Kalgoorlie, we do need to have a date to work towards. We believe this is the responsible action to take in these unprecedented circumstances.”
Walker said industry colleagues had been consulted for their input on the decision.
“Their full support has been provided given the measures the broader mining community has implemented and are planning to implement if necessary,” Walker said.
“We extend our special thanks to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and our loyal suppliers, who have accommodated Diggers and Dealers in their calendars.
“Please be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation closely and work to recommendations made by global and local health authorities.”
The Diggers and Dealers 2020 will be held on October 12, 13 and 14.