Ed. Note: QME 2020 has been cancelled since the publication of this article. 

Traditionally held in late July, the biennial Queensland Mining & Engineering Expo (QME) will be held 22-24 Sept in Mackay as one of the first major exhibitions to be conducted in Australia following the COVID-19 shutdown. Registrations are currently open. 

QME officials said in statement that they are “excited and proud to play our part in providing a much-needed boost to the local community and support the mining industry to kick-start the economy post COVID-19”.

Reed Exhibitions has been working with key government departments and partners to put together a comprehensive health and safety plan to make sure the wellbeing of exhibitors, attendees and staff is held at the utmost priority during the event.

QME 2020 will feature more than 200 suppliers as well as a free-to-attend seminar series that will give visitors the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who will address the current needs of the industry and facilitate discussion and solutions for a path forward. 

Key industry leaders that have already confirmed their participation to speak at the seminar series include Ian Macfarlane, CEO of Queensland Resources Council; Adrian Beer, CEO of METS Ignited; Kylie Porter, CEO of Greater Whitsunday Alliance; and Lucas Dow, former CEO of Adani Mining Australia. 

QME Exhibition Director Brandon Ward acknowledged the importance of the event to the local region and also to the state following a tough first half of 2020. "Mackay is the heartbeat of the Queensland mining industry, which is why QME has been so important to the region for more than 25 years. As sentiment improves and the mining industry leads the economic revival, an event such as QME becomes even more important,” Mr Ward said.

"As business owners and managers, we face the importance of safety measures every day, through this time we look for your support and diligence to support the enhanced safety measures in place. QME will be back in Mackay and create the space for connections to be made again and discussions to be had on how vital mining is to our recovery,” he said.

Attendance to QME 2020 is free for both the exhibition and seminar series but attendees must register to gain entry. More information on QME 2020 can be found here.