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Heavy-hitters line up

Thursday, 16th May, 2013

Resources and Energy Symposium organisers Catriona Silverston (left) and Michael Allendorf have been busy preparing for the big event next week ... it’s a big event with some big names attached to it. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Resources and Energy Symposium organisers Catriona Silverston (left) and Michael Allendorf have been busy preparing for the big event next week ... it’s a big event with some big names attached to it. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

The Resources and Energy Symposium has some very big names as guest speakers next week.

Entrepreneur Dick Smith, ex-federal government minister Nick Minchin, and Broken Hill Prospecting’s managing director Ian Pringle will deliver addresses and even the world’s richest woman Gina Rinehart will be there, although not in person.

Ms Rinehart will address the conference at the Civic Centre in a pre-recorded video message.

The event, now in its third year, starts on Sunday and will run until Wednesday.

The Symposium’s General Manager Catriona Silverstone said the structure of the conference will be different this year, although they will still have the big tent, which will be used mainly by exhibitors.

Ms Silverstone said other speakers were coming from overseas as well.

“It will be a full two and a half days of presentations,” she said.

The conference will mainly focus on the mining industry and the challenges to be faced.

“A lot information will be shared. Overall there will be a lot on the subject of mining and minerals in Australia and some different perspectives,” Ms Silverstone said.

This year’s conference was also up in numbers but down in exhibitors.

“It is great to see so many delegates, but the lack of exhibitions is a sign of the times,” Ms Silverstone said.

“Hopefully it will pick up next year. The conference is gaining traction and people are making the trek out to Broken Hill.”

Tickets cost $110 for locals which covers every day of the conference.

“Registrations are still open and people should take up the offer to come along.”

The 60-year-old Super Constellation airliner, the last of its kind still flying, will be back and staying in town until Wednesday. Last year “Connie” took schoolchildren on a free joy flight over the city.

Ms Silverstone added that she wanted to thank everyone who had volunteered their time to help set up or run the events.

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