A new festival is being launched aimed at showcasing the benefits of mining in the Hunter Valley.
The first ever Hunter Valley Coal Festival will be held in conjunction with the Hunter Mining Show in March 2015.
Developed by the Singleton Chamber of Commerce, the event is aimed at anyone involved in the NSW mining sector including workers, suppliers and local residents.
Festival organisers said guests would have a chance to learn about the history of mining in the Hunter as well as hear industry leaders speak about the future of mining in the region.
The festival comes at a challenging time for the Hunter’s mining sector with hundreds of job losses seen in the last six months.
This has had a flow-on affects for many the region, with an estimated 4,870 local businesses relying on the support of mining.
“The show will also be a showcase for the mining industry to present its products, achievements and innovations to the broader community, helping all sectors achieve a better understanding of what the industry has to offer,” said Peter Eason, chairman of the Hunter Coal Festival.
The first two of the three days are “trade only” days for industry representatives.
Eason said all members of the local community are invited to attend the third day, which will include a parade through the streets of Singleton, exhibiting new mining equipment and technology along with historical mining equipment and community floats.