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"First class" events location

Thursday, 19th May, 2011

ALL SYSTEMS GO: This $150,000 marquee has been erected for next week’s Resources and Energy Symposium in BH. ALL SYSTEMS GO: This $150,000 marquee has been erected for next week’s Resources and Energy Symposium in BH.

By John Casey

Plans to make next week's Resources and Energy Symposium an annual fixture in Broken Hill have been given a ringing endorsement by the main infrastructure provider associated with the event.

Morris McKeeman, the project manager for Barlens Events Group, said Broken Hill had shown in the past that it was more than capable of staging prestigious events and his company would fully support any plans to make the Symposium a permanent fixture on the city's calendar.

"I travel all around Australia in this job and I can honestly say that Broken Hill is one of my favourite locations," Mr McKeeman said.

"This is my third event here and the people are just wonderful to work with.

"From taxi drivers through to business owners and accomodation providers I have always found the people to be first class and I believe the city has great potential as an events location."

A seven-man crew from Barlens would spend two weeks in Broken Hill rigging structures and supplying equipment valued at almost $500,000 for the Symposium.

The main marquee alone is 15-metres wide by 50-metres long and was erected outside the Civic Centre, closing Chloride Street between Blende and Beryl streets.

"When we finish this structure will be as good as anything you would see at a major event in the capital cities," Mr McKeeman said.

"It will have French doors, widescreen televisions, gas-fired heating ... all the bells and whistles.

"We've employed four local workers to help us and we'd love to come back here on a regular basis and plough more money into the local economy."

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