Mining Expo draws crowd, Worthy of a repeat event
An estimated 2400 people across two days walked through the gates of a new mining expo in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week, with its organiser eyeing the potential to host more in the future.
Worthy Parts director Michael Worthington came up with the idea for his company’s mining expo, a throwback in part to the fondly remembered Goldfields Mining Expo once run by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
It remains too early to say how much was pulled in at an auction of mining machinery that ran alongside the expo at the Cruickshank Sports Arena on Monday and Tuesday.
But Mr Worthington said the company, originally founded as an internet-based marketplace for mining parts, was keen to host more events.
“I think the effort we went through this year holds us in good stead because now people can see the type of event we can put on and I probably won’t have to push it as hard because we have some firm vision of the way we did things,” he said.
“We’ll have to sit down and talk about that — we’ll definitely be looking to have more shows.
“Whether we’ll do them here every year or whether we’ll be looking to pick it up and move it around, we’re still deciding that once we’ve got feedback from everyone.”
Mr Worthington said some items put up for auction or on display were also donated to the Mining Legends project, unveiled on Monday night.
A group of mining services providers will pledge their time and parts to rebuild a Caterpillar R2900g underground loader and sell the refurbished $1 million machine for charity, with part of the proceeds going to Miners’ Promise.
Glen Trouchet, Lindy Olde, and Alan Palmer.