Min­ing Expo draws crowd, Wor­thy of a re­peat event

Kalgoorlie Miner - - MINE TALK - Josh Chiat

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.

Pic­tures: Kelsey Reid

Glen Trouchet, Lindy Olde, and Alan Palmer.

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