The first day of the Queensland Mining Expo has been regarded as a great success, with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney as guest of honour to open the show at 10am this morning.
Seeney was accompanied by chief govt whip Vaughan Johnson and MP Jason Costigan.
In their tour of the expo throughout the day, the Queensland state members met with a number of businesses exhibiting at the show, including Mackay airport, the Resource Industry Network (MAIN), Comlek, CPE, and Rapid Crushing and Screening.
Highlights of the expo included a safety panel discussion on transitions to production phases and issues facing inexperienced, or cleanskin workers.
The Queensland Government together with Resource Industry Network also ran a panel on innovation and leadership in the resources sector, a discussion which was hosted by local ABC radio presenter Kim Kleidon.
A spokesperson for QME said the event was attended by around 70 people, with questions from the floor showing a great deal of audience participation.
Throughout the day the expo hosted 114 safety focussed suppliers; 95 suppliers of electrical products and systems for improving efficiency; 63 suppliers marketing conveyor equipment technology; and over 85 suppliers showcasing material handling solutions.
Tonight will see the Exhibitor Networking Function at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, which will be an excellent opportunity for exibitors and VIPs to network from 5:15 to 7pm.