The Singleton Business Chamber (SBC) has launched a new mining and community festival in the NSW Hunter Valley.
The three day Hunter Coal Fest, which will kick off in March next year, "celebrates the role and contribution of the mining industry to the Hunter Valley community," the SBC said.
Held in Singleton, Muswellbrook, and surrounding regions it aims to highlight the role the coal industry has played in the area, as well as the broader Australian community.
The festival will incorporate a wide-ranging program of community and industry events, Hunter Coal Festival chief Peter Eason said.
“It provides an opportunity for stakeholders, businesses and the community to gain insights, interact and get the chance to know and understand everyone’s diverse interests," Eason said.
“We all understand the impacts of mining, but the achievements are often kept in the shadow. The festival offers the opportunity for a loud shout out from the community – which is just the shot in the arm the industry needs right now.
“Over the past few months, we have put together an active and hard-working committee which is well advanced on the program and themes for the festival," he said.
“We are now in the process of finalising our festival program, and we’ll be releasing details of these, and other developments in the coming months.”
The event will be held in conjunction with the Hunter Mining Show.
“The festival actually kicks off with the Hunter Mining Show – a trade show with a real difference through its focus on engaging with the broader community.
“This show will culminate with the Festival Community Day, which gives the whole community access to the show on the final day – including a street parade through the centre of Singleton,” Eason said.