Writing this editorial early on Wednesday morning, so at this point MineX is one day down with two to go.
I spend the entire Tuesday at the expo at the North West Star stall and I have to say I’m delighted we took a stall there.
Tuesday was a trade-only day, a new concept in MineX and the feedback I got yesterday was that was a great idea that should become a permanent feature of the event going forward as it allows industry delegates a chance to connect with other stakeholders before they are chained to their stalls dealing with members of the public.
The day began with a breakfast organised by the Department of State Development with an update on MMG from Dugald River general manager Pierre Malan.
Jonathan Loraine (ex MIM) was an interesting speaker on extracting value from low grade ore while the final speaker Professor Ian Atkinson gave a thought provoking account of the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution and how Coles and Woolies are “petrified” of Amazon and how a new system called blockchain has the potential to undermine the banks. Fascinating stuff which I plan to write up in the next day or so.
Then at 10am it was onto the Buchanan Park events complex (nee XStrata Pavilion) to join the 80 or so other stallholders.
One of our innovations this year was a project called 60 Seconds With the Star.
Eleven stallholders took up our challenge to talk to us on video about themselves and why they were at MineX.
It was more challenging than I anticipated but we managed to shoot all the video on Tuesday.
On Wednesday our digital journalist based in Toowoomba will edit the package together and the plan is to release it on our website and social media sites on Thursday for the last day of the expo.
I’m very excited about this new direction we are taking in news and exploring all the possibilities of the digital age.
If you are around Mount Isa come down to the Expo and check it out. Entry is free.
If you can’t make it, we’ll be doing a live cross on our Facebook page for one-off Thursday edition of Elevenses.
Tune in at 11am to find out more.