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Resources Symposium

Wednesday, 6th April, 2011

There is a call for volunteers to help run the first of what might become a yearly mining and energy event in the city.

Organisers of the Resources and Energy Symposium, to be held from May 22 to 25, need people to help make it run due to the sheer size of the event.

Kerry Stevenson, the managing director of "Symposium", the company organising the conference, said they wanted to be working with Broken Hill as the conference would be stand-out event.

"As this is our first event here we welcome the input from locals who have a far better understanding of Broken Hill and its surrounds," Mrs Stevenson said yesterday.

"It's a bit like the Olympics. There will be a lot of visitors who will be keen to explore and see the sights so from that perspective it's an ambassador role."

"This is quite a decent-sized event and we need people around helping including the people of Broken Hill."

Symposium wants prospective volunteers to meet them at the Civic Centre today at 4pm or email info@symposium.net.au.

"We need people to assist with a variety of jobs, approximately 30 volunteers over the four days assisting with crowd control, registration and guide/tourism duties. 

"It will be a large event and there will be people who will need to move between venues and events over the time," Mrs Stevenson said.

Mining companies from all over Australia will attend the event which will cover all aspects of the energy and resources sector. 

Discussions will include mining for petroleum, silver, lead, uranium, nickel, gold, copper, molybdenum and vandium, the future of industries and ecomomies. Junior resources companies will present 10-minute speeches on why people should invest in them.

The Commonwealth Bank's chief economist will be the keynote speaker and other speakers will include Professor Ian Plimer, CBH Resources' Stephen Dennis, and Newcrest's Ian Smith.

Companies exploring and mining in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, Papua New Guinea will address the hundreds expected to attend the conference.

"Broken Hill is not only the heart of Australia it is also the birthplace of industrialisation," Mrs Stevenson said.

"The resources sector is the largest contributor to Australia's economic well-being and, I believe, it is fitting to hold an event that celebrates not only the achievements but the sector's future prosperity here. 

"I also believe that to attract guest speakers the calibre of the Commonwealth Bank's chief economist, Michael Blythe, demonstrates how important the event is viewed by the industry."

Mrs Stevenson said the Outback Golf Challenge will be held on Sunday, May 22 to launch the conference and more than 60 companies will exhibit in a marquee in Chloride Street.

"We're excited to be coming to Broken Hill and making the Silver City the focal point of our event. 

"It's also a great opportunity for locals interested in investing in the resources sector to come and hear some great exploration and production stories. 

"I look forward to meeting and working with the residents of Broken Hill."

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