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Conference coup

Monday, 23rd May, 2011

The patron of the inaugural Resources and Energy Symposium which begins in the city today hopes it will put Broken Hill on the map as a conference destination.

Professor Ian Plimer said the Symposium was different to Western Australia's renowned Diggers and Dealers conference because it captures a wider spectrum of the energy and resources industry.

"The inaugural Broken Hill conference deals with minerals and energy in all parts of Australia and we are really heartened by the number of people coming," Professor Plimer said.

"The conference will showcase many aspects of the Australian resources industry, such conferences are used by companies to make stock exchange announcements and talk to these announcements."

More than 300 people have so far registered to attend the three-day conference at the Civic Centre.

Those wishing to attend can register from 8am today and Symposium Managing Director Kerry Stevenson said she wanted to see as many locals as possible at the event.

"I'd encourage the community to get involved - do come down and have a listen.

"This is an event that is going to come back year on year and grow and grow and grow."

Ms Stevenson said she had high hopes for the future of the event.

"This has been a dream and vision of mine for over three years.

"My vision for this event is to make it so big everyone knows what we're talking about."

The symposium has attracted a high calibre of speakers and 60 exhibitors from a range of specialities including energy, geology, mining, exploration and investment.

Twenty keynote speakers will address those at the conference including Professor Dr Richard Hames, Founding Director and President of the Asian Foresight Institute. 

Ms Stevenson said Dr Hames was one of the most sought after experts on the challenges facing the economy in the future. His address will take place at 9.30am today.

Professor Plimer said the Symposium would be good for the city.

"Broken Hill will benefit from a few hundred visitors over a few days and such a conference would not be possible without the enthusiasm of the Broken Hill City Council, the Mayor Wincen Cuy and the army of local volunteers.

"It is my hope that this conference will put Broken Hill on the map as the place for resources and energy conferences."

Professor Plimer said Broken Hill was pivotal to his career in the industry.

"Whenever I get an opportunity to promote Broken Hill, I do, and my pushing for a Broken Hill conference has resulted in me being the Patron."

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