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Smiles all round from big tent event

Thursday, 26th May, 2011

DRAWCARD: Silver City Art Centre and Mint’s Chris Anderson in front of the marquee for the Energy and Resource Symposium. DRAWCARD: Silver City Art Centre and Mint’s Chris Anderson in front of the marquee for the Energy and Resource Symposium.

By Kurtis Eichler

Local business owners have 500,000 reasons to be happy about the Resources and Energy Symposium.

Symposium Managing Director, Kerry Stevenson, said the more than 400 visitors will have added about $500,000 to the economy during their three-day stint in the Silver City.

Ms Stevenson said the local response had been "amazing" and that she was excited at the prospect of having twice as many at the next Symposium in 2012.

"I think people have been blown away by how the community is getting involved," she told the BDT.

"For a first Symposium, I haven't met one person who has said they won't be coming back."

After being in the events game for 30 years, she said most had to wait until their third year to receive such a response.

"It exceeded all my expectations."

Silver City Art Centre and Mint's Chris Anderson was one of the local business owners benefiting from the event at the Civic Centre.

The marquee was put in front of his art gallery, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities to view local works.

"We're always busy," Mr Anderson said. "But we've seen a lot of them... they've all been through."

He said the big marquee didn't bother him, as many people would come down to look at it and then and wander into the gallery.

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