World Mining Congress set to shine a light on Australian resources industry

16th Nov, 2016

In a first for Australia, Brisbane will host the 26th World Mining Congress (WMC) at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in July 2021.The Congress is expected to welcome 2,000 delegates from 40 member countries responsible for 80% of the world’s mineral production.

The four day Congress will generate an estimated $5 million in economic benefit for Queensland and will be a catalyst for showcasing Australia’s innovation leadership and industry predominance in the mining sector.

The winning bid, led by the CSIRO in partnership with the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) was supported by a consortium of convention partners, including Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Brisbane Marketing who collaborated to bring the coveted congress to Queensland, one of Australia’s richest mining regions.

Dr Hua Guo, CSIRO Energy Research Director for Coal Mining and Chair of the WMC National Organising Committee of Australia said that mining innovation would be key to maximising the value of natural resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

“The 26th WMC in Brisbane will provide a great opportunity for research bodies, industry and government to collaborate on challenges facing the mining sector,” Dr Guo said.

AusIMM’s Chief Executive Miriam Way said: “AusIMM members are the leading minerals professionals in the country and are key contributors to Australia’s mining sector. The World Mining Congress presents our members with a fantastic opportunity to participate and contribute to one of the world’s biggest mining conferences.”

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Leanne Coddington, said the Congress would profile the State to an influential international audience.

“This is a significant event on our calendar which will bring visitors and profile Queensland amongst international mining and business leaders,” Ms Coddington said. “Business events are an important part of our tourism economy and growing this portfolio is an integral component of TEQ’s long term strategy for the State.”

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