The Goldfield Mining Exhibition has wrapped up in Kalgoorlie, with organisers saying the event was a success despite the unseasonal downpour.
With more than 230 exhibitors displaying their many products, GME 2012 saw visitor numbers down slightly from last year after two days of unseasonal rain hammered Kalgoorlie.
“Obviously the weather hasn’t been to kind to us this week and that’s impacted on the show to a certain extent,” Reed Mining exhibition director Paul Baker said.
However, Baker was confident that exhibitors were able to make great industry contacts via the show, and said this was a testimony to its ongoing success.
“There’s been some good contacts made this week by exhibitors and that’s the main thing, that they meet good quality people, so it’s about providing a platform for them to do business,” he said.
Baker added that with world first products featured at the show, many unveilings and new initiatives, the mining industry was looking for “new innovations which will help with cost-effectiveness, increasing efficiencies and improving safety” .
“What trade people see at the show are products and services that help them do that,“ he added.
Highlights of the three days included a safety talk by Beaconsfield mine disaster survivor Brant Webb who shared his experience of the mine collapse highlighting safety issues on mine sites.
Webb explained that while safety in Australian mines was improving, it was important to keep issues of safety in the spotlight.
“We have to try and keep that safety culture up,” he said.
"Accidents don’t happen, they’re caused” .
The Women in Mining Panel Discussion also saw a packed crowd gather to hear about the issues facing women in the industry.
Chaired by Lanie Anderson, a director of Mining Family Matters, the discussion was a highlight for visitors as the women discussed their varied experience in the mining industry, what inspires them and their hope that more women would see the industry for the opportunities it could offer.
Anderson said the popularity of the panel highlighted how important the event was.
“The women in mining panel discussion is always a really big hit at the Reed mining events. People are so engaged with it and it’s such a fantastic topic,” she told Australian Mining.
The AngloGold Ashanti career stand was also a hit with visitors as the company looked for skilled and non-skilled employees to potentially work with them at their new Tropicana mine, located 330 km north of Kalgoorlie.
"We are very keen to have local people, including indigenous people, working at our operations," AngloGold Ashanti Australia's vice president, corporate affairs and HR, Andrea Maxey said.
"While Tropicana is a FIFO operation, we have regular flights to the mine directly from Kalgoorlie, as well as from Perth, to make it easier for Goldfields residents to work at the site.
"And we are now actively recruiting from within the Kalgoorlie community," she added.