I’m back on deck after two weeks off and after shivering through unseasonal cold weeks on the coast, it’s good to be back and a sign I’m acclimatising to the Great North West.
If you are reading this editorial in our Tuesday print edition, you will have noticed our 24-page special official exhibitor directory to coincide with MineX 2017 which opens on Tuesday.
Founded in 1996 the event is the premier showcase of North West Queensland’s rich and varied mining capability and it is a vitally important event for our economic and social wellbeing.
Hosted by Commerce North West it is the first MineX in Mount Isa since the decision to go biennial in 2015 and the timing will be will be a host boost of confidence to the region at a time when there is a large feeling that we have turned the corner into better times.
Commerce North West president Travis Crowther says the event has networking, information and education opportunities and offers the chance for individuals to expand career options and for businesses to grow and prosper.
Hundreds of visitors from Queensland and inter-state will be in Mount Isa for the week spending money in our motels, hotels, restaurants, tourist sites and shops.
The North West Star is proud to be associated with this event which will be a showcase for everything related to mining in our region.
It is a huge event with 80 indoor and outdoor exhibits chocked full of interesting technology and a great chance to network with others in the industry or simply a chance to find out more about what is happening in the industry in Isa and further afield.
And we’ll be there. For three days (the Tuesday trade-only day and the Wednesday and Thursday open-to-the-public days) the North West Star editorial team will be based at the Buchanan Park event complex.
If you are wondering where that is it is the building which used to be known as the Xstrata Entertainment Centre and a venue I would be expecting will soon be re-named given Xstrata was fully acquired by Glencore in 2013.
Entry is free. Come and say hello. DB