The concept of a Coal Festival was first mooted in 2013, and the idea seem to gel with almost all people involved.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring the community and the mining industry together in celebration, instead of the constant media bashing that the industry seems to attract”.
“The value and contribution of the mining industry goes un-heralded and why not demonstrate to the broader community of NSW and Australia that the industry is very much appreciated and offers so much to so many in terms of jobs, careers, innovation, funding community events and charities etc”.
The form that the Hunter Coal Festival (as it became known) took over the 18 months to get it to realisation was geographically spread between Newcastle and Muswellbrook, and included a wide-ranging program of events, such as a trade show, sporting and cultural events, business and networking lunches and dinners, educational sessions, and charity fundraisers. Two weeks of intensive activity during the autumn of 2015, which was only made possible by the generous contribution of the many sponsors that came on board. It was apparent that the Festival was a success and viewed by the sponsors as something they had to be involved with and the benefits were delivered during the event.
The organisers included the Singleton and Muswellbrook Chambers of Commerce and Councils.
A second Festival followed in 2016, with some modifications, and it was decided to hold the Festivals from that point forward, every two years to alternate with the Singleton Festival.
Hunter Coal Festival Returns
Head to www.huntercoalfestival.com.au for full details.
Expressions of interest can be sent to the Singleton Chamber.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0400 460 412.