Friday, May 6th, 2011
Some surprise star-power has been added to the line-up for the inaugural North Queensland Mining, Processing and Energy Conference (NQ-MPEC) set to take place in Townsville next week (May 9-10, 2011).

NQ-MPEC will host Mr Ross J Thomas, Executive Producer of Beneath Hill 60 and the world's leading authority on Australia's mining history, when he pays tribute to Australia's World War I miners at the conference's Gala Dinner on Monday evening.

According to Mr Thomas, a mining engineer himself, it's not only important for the mining and resource sectors to look to the future, but to also pay homage to their past.

"Australia's mining industry has a colourful, though little known, history," said Mr Thomas.

"Until recently, very few people were aware that civilian miners – known as the Australian Tunnelling Company – played such a pivotal role in WWI.

"It's important that the resource industries mark their achievements and discuss their challenges in order to develop effective solutions."

Mr Thomas will join 18 industry leaders and experts at the two-day conference being conducted by Australian Professional Conferences and Seminars (APCS) and supported by major sponsor, Queensland Nickel.

Conference Manager, Ms Elizabeth Hanson, said: "It is a real thrill to have Mr Thomas come on board.

"We have worked extremely hard to put together a comprehensive list of speakers who will discuss current and future challenges for the local resource industries; so to have Ross Thomas attend the dinner and address the historical contribution the mining industry made to World War I is very special," Ms Hanson said.

"For too long, our local industries have had to travel to Brisbane or interstate for conferences of this calibre and it seems that a local event, delivering local content has enormous appeal among the North's resource sectors."

General Manager of Queensland Nickel's Yabulu Refinery Trefor Flood said Queensland Nickel has embraced the opportunity to support the conference.

"We are proud to support the NQ-MPEC conference, as it brings together many of our industry colleagues in our own backyard."

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The North Queensland Mining, Processing and Energy Conference

The North Queensland Mining Processing and Energy Conference (NQ-MPEC) is the first conference of its kind to service the North Queensland region and will take place at Rydges Southbank Convention Centre on May 9-10, 2011.

In its inaugural year, NQ-MPEC will focus on the future economic challenges faced by the mining, processing and energy industries. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear from 18 industry leaders and professionals including representatives from Queensland Nickel, Hatch Associates, Queensland Resources Council, MMG Century Zinc and many more.

The conference, developed in consultation with industry leaders and professionals, will allow stakeholders to meet, network and share solutions to challenges impacting their industries.

For more information, go to
Sarah Mathiesen
P: 07 4724 3556
M: 0400 712 861


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