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Major event boost

Friday, 18th February, 2011

The patron of a resources symposium to be held in the city soon hopes it will become a regular event bringing thousands more people to the city.

CBH Resources’ Professor Ian Plimer said he wanted the Resources and Energy Symposium, which will be held for the first time in Broken Hill from May 22-25, to be the start of an annual pilgrimage for a diverse range of people tied up with the resources sector.

“I want to make sure that Broken Hill is the place to go - to get 500 or 1,000 people going to a great conference,” Professor Plimer said.

“We want to make it a regular event.”

Professor Plimer said the symposium would have guests from Australia, China and India and would target the entire resources sector, not just mining, gas or oil.

It would cover issues facing the sector, why investing in Australian resources is smart, predictions, investment opportunities and the changing face of the industry.

“There will be a lot of international people. Lots of petroleum, energy and mining companies, investment bankers and investors,” Prof. Plimer said.

“Instead of mining companies talking to mining companies we want to have a greater diversity of people.”

Local exploration company Carpentaria Resources is a key sponsor of the event. Executive chairman Nick Sheard said he hoped it would be the start on an ongoing international discussion on exploration.

“I think it’s a great idea. One, it’s good for the city and the surrounding exploration area but there’s another major aim and that’s to get a large symposium that is looking at not just Broken Hill but Australia,” Mr Sheard said.

“Forming it in Broken Hill is great as it’s one of the largest mining areas Australia’s ever had with BHP and Rio and we really want to make it an international focus.”

Carpentaria plans to bring 12 people to the symposium.

The Queensland exploration company has pegged out the massive Hawsons iron ore deposit, 60 kilometres south of the city, which could host as much as 4.5 billion tonnes of magnetite iron ore.

Mr Sheard said the symposium would give the company another opportunity to showcase not just their flagship project but other key interests in the area.

“We will give a presentation to explain the company’s direction and (Hawsons) and our other significant Broken Hill exploration portfolios of nickel, other iron, tin and tungsten.”

Carpentaria will also set up a booth to display drill cores and invite interested people to its yard to view more core samples.


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