From the Namoi Valley Independent // 7 September 2018 // Article & Photo: Billy Jupp

PREPARATIONS for Gunnedah’s first-ever energy, innovation and mining expo (eIMEx) are now in full swing with a guest speaker already locked in.

Former Afghanistan veteran Damien Thomlinson will headline the event, speaking at a gala dinner at the Gunnedah Town Hall on day two of the expo.

Organising team member and Gunnedah shire councillor Rob Hooke said preparations for the event on November 1-3 were coming along nicely.

“At this stage we are very pleased with how things are coming along,” Cr Hooke said.

“This is shaping up to be a gala event with exhibitor bookings flowing in.

“The three-day event will be jam-packed with activities starting with a breakfast recognising woman in the work force.”

Cr Hooke said organisers had a busy schedule of seminars planned throughout the event off the back of securing a major sponsor.

“There will be a lot of great seminars throughout the event,” he said.

“A seminar and exhibitor presentation program will run each day with topics ranging from workplace related issues; energy costs in agriculture and mental health, to name just a few.

“Our major sponsor Whitehaven Coal will be conducting tours to their Maules Creek Mine.

“There will also be tours to inspect a solar powered irrigation bore, so there is something for everyone.”

The Gunnedah shire councillor said there was still time for exhibitors to book a place at the expo.

“There is still time for exhibitors to book a site,” he said.

“We encourage them to act quickly as November is fast approaching.

“This is a great opportunity to network and showcase your business.”

Gunnedah will host eIMEx at the Gunnedah Showgrounds from November 1-3. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is encouraged to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. For more information on the expo, email