Hunter Coal Festival kicks off this week

The Hunter Valley Coal Festival will kick off in Singleton this week with a presentation from Beaconsfield Mine survivor Brant Webb.

The Hunter Coal Festival 2015 is an initiative of Singleton Business Chamber in partnership with local councils, the mining industry and the community.

The Hunter Coal Festival is aimed at bringing our region together in celebration of coexistence and of recognising the mining industry’s contribution to the Hunter Valley. This is a significant opportunity for the community and industry to learn, connect, and communicate to build stronger, more meaningful ties in an authentic and constructive way.

Working with local councils, business chambers, community groups, schools and industry organisations, the festival will provide unprecedented opportunities for all stakeholders and participants to gain insight, interact and get the chance to know and understand diverse interests.

What’s on?

March 9-11

Brant Webb motivational talks and presentations to various Upper Hunter mines, schools and community organisations

Tuesday, March 10

Singleton Business Chamber breakfast: “Meet the Candidates” for NSW state election campaign, 7-8.30 am (breakfast included)

Wednesday, March 11

6-8 pm: Behind the Beaconsfield Rescue, with Brant Webb and David Connell, Singleton Library

Thursday, March 12

Hunter Mining Show: Singleton Civic Centre, Singleton, 9 am-5 pm

12-1 pm: Behind the Beaconsfield Rescuewith Brant Webb and David Connell, Blackwoods Pavilion, Singleton Civic Centre

EHS Panel discussions, Blackwoods Pavilion, Singleton Civic Centre

  • 10.30-11.30 am: Mental health in mining
  • 2-3 pm: Emergency preparedness in the mining industry 

Networking Event: Singleton Golf Club, 5 pm-8 pm

Friday, March 13

Hunter Mining Show: Singleton Civic Centre, Singleton, 8 am-4 pm

7 am: FREE Miners’ Breakfast

Health & Safety Workshops, Blackwoods Pavilion, Singleton Civic Centre

  • 12 pm-1 pm: Noise, Diesel and Whole Body Vibration
  • 1 pm-2 pm: The importance of first aid skills in mining
  • 2 pm-3 pm: Hunter Mining Health Statistics: How healthy are our Hunter Valley miners and what are the emerging trends?
  • 3 pm-4 pm: Synthetic Drugs: What they are, how they affect you, are they legal, what are the risks?

Saturday, March 14

Hunter Mining Show: Singleton Civic Centre, Singleton, 10 am-4 pm 

Community Day, Singleton Civic Park, 10 am-10 pm, incorporating FREE music, rides, facepainting, entertainment markets, food and fun for the entire family, including:

  • 11.15 am: Welcome to Country
  • 11.30 am: Introduction to the Community Day from Big Brother host Mike Goldman (emcee of the event)
  • 11.45: Simulated mine rescue, featuring Mines Rescue and Westpac Rescue Helicopter evacuation
  • 12 noon: Indigenous concert, including dancers
  • 1 pm: Kids Concert, featuring Little Scallywagz, Peppa Pig & George, plus free rides, face painting and kids music in kids corner
  • 1.30 pm: Paul Bennet Air Show
  • 1.30 pm: Coal and Spoon races for the kids
  • 1.30 pm: Behind the Beaconsfield Rescue, with Brant Webb and David Connell, Blackwoods Pavilion, Singleton Civic Centre
  • 2 pm: Coal Shovelling competition
  • 2 pm: Tug of War competition, Singleton Civic Centre 
  • 2.30 pm: JC Action Sports Freestyle motorcross
  • 4pm on: All-Ages Concert: an evening of great music featuring country rock, original blues, including soft-rockers Shaka, country rock stars Rob Wilson and Richard Ball, The Voice’s Sarah de Bono, with headliners The Potbelleez
  • 8pm: Fireworks


All-day happenings

  • Free rides
  • Face painting
  • Stiltwalkers
  • Balloon twisters
  • Upper Hunter Conservatory of Music performances for younger children
  • Food, produce and market stalls
  • Coal & Allied interactive mine for kids (very hands on)

Sunday, March 15
Newcastle Surf Day, Nobby’s Beach 8.30 am-3 pm, incorporating:

  • Aboriginal dance group, didgeridoo playing and concert
  • Little Nippers competition (various times)
  • Surf lifesaving demonstrations (various times)
  • Aerobatics display


Tuesday, March 17
Newcastle ForumA night at the Museum! My Hunter, My Industry – what mining means to me. The Hunter Business Chamber is proud to bring you an entertaining evening on an otherwise dull Tuesday in March, and an opportunity for the wider community to have its say with a high-profile panel reviewing the coal industry’s contribution to the Hunter. Sponsored by Blackwoods and Viva Energy.

Thursday March 19
Mining Careers Day sponsored by UGM, Coal Services and TAFE; this includes tours and experiences at 3 Newcastle industry locations for students interested in a career in mining:

Friday, March 20
Mining Legends LunchInformation session and networking lunch, Singleton Rugby Club, 12 noon-4 pm

Upper Hunter Show: A family-friendly celebration of the agricultural and industrial sectors, with rides, amusements and entertainment for the whole community, Muswellbrook Showground, Muswellbrook

Saturday, March 21

Australian Christian College Country Fair: An old-style community Country Fair at the Australian Christian College, Singleton, from 2 pm-6 pm.

Sunday, March 22

Rix’s Creek Invitational Golf Day: Singleton Golf Club, 7.45 am (first round tee-off), 12.30 pm (second round tee-off)

Singleton Mailrun Cycle RideSingleton and surrounding districts, beginning from 7:00am.


Monday, March 23

Hunter TAFE Education and Industry Day: Opening of Tertiary Education Centre, Muswellbrook Campus, Hunter TAFE.

Schools Debating & Essay Writing Competition: Debate final and Winning Essay Reading, Muswellbrook South Primary School

Tuesday, March 24

Newcastle Knights Training day: Pirtek Park, Singleton, from 9.30 am

Wednesday, March 25

Hunter Research Foundation BreakfastA six-monthly update on the Upper Hunter economy, 7-9 am, Muswellbrook RSL Club, 113 Bridge St, Muswellbrook

Thursday, March 26

Mine Rehabilitation Conference 2015: presented by Newcastle University’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI). Conference includes: Mine site rehabilitation and re-use, dealing with mining voids, etc, presentations and panel discussions, Singleton Diggers Club, 9 am-5 pm + Dinner.

Visionary Community Forum on future economic opportunities for the Hunter region, an opportunity to consider a wide range of views, ideas and visions. Q&A type format, MC’d by the ABC’s Garth Russell. Singleton Diggers Club, 6-8 pm

Friday, March 27

Hunter Business Chamber Infrastructure Lunch – Energy Security: Paul Broad, Chief Executive Officer, Snowy Hydro Ltd, discusses the broader and vital role energy plays in national security and food security and the better attention it warrants from policy makers. This is an opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s leading energy experts and someone who pulls no punches. Noahs On The Beach, Newcastle, 12 noon-2 pm

Coalminers ‘n’ Cocktails Aged Care Ball, an afternoon of fun, laughter and dancing, including refreshments, afternoon tea, raffle prize and band, Alroy House, Singleton Heights, 1.30-4.30 pm

Saturday, March 28

Festival Touch Football CompetitionOlympic Park, Muswellbrook

NRL Voice For Mining match: Newcastle Knights Vs Penrith Panthers, Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, 3 pm

Sunday, March 29

Muswellbrook Race DayMuswellbrook Race Club, lunch to evening. Incorporates:

  • Muswellbrook Community Day
  • Celebrity chef charity lunch
  • Full race card sponsored by coal mining companies

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