Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue hosts inaugural Procurement Opportunities Breakfast at Muswellbrook, with another planned for Singleton

THE Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue (UHMD) certainly meant business at its inaugural Procurement Opportunities Breakfast in the region this week.

A full house at the Muswellbrook RSL Club on Tuesday, made up of local business people and mining industry representatives, learned about current and upcoming procurement opportunities within the mining industry at the UHMD event, which was hosted by the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

Speaking to a crowd of 130, industry leaders and procurement experts from Muswellbrook-area mines detailed how businesses could be involved as local suppliers.

Topping off the agenda was an impressive array of speakers.

They included BHP Mt Arthur Coal general manager David Boshoff, C-Res business development manager John Aurisch, MACH Energy Mount Pleasant Operation general manager, operations, Richard Bailey and procurement specialist Simon Collins, Bengalla Mining Company procurement and supply superintendent Phillip Hollway and Thiess NSW operations manager Heather Parry.

Following the speakers' presentations, the room was abuzz with conversation as business people took advantage of the networking session to have face-to-face discussions with industry procurement representatives.

Now, the Singleton Business Chamber will host a Procurement Opportunities Lunch on September 12 at Singleton Diggers.

Confirmed speakers for the function include representatives from The Bloomfield Group, Thiess and Peabody Energy.

For more details and to book tickets, visit http://singletonchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2019-mining-procurement-lunch-360

The procurement events have been organised by the dialogue's Economic and Social Development Working Group, which was formed this year following community feedback for more liaison between the mining industry and local businesses.