Organisers of the annual Queensland Mining Industry Health & Safety (QMIHS) Conference today announced that the 2021 event, scheduled to start on August 22, will be postponed.

The four-day, sold-out QMIHS Conference was to be held at The Star Gold Coast, with more than 600 delegates expected to attend.

Conference Committee Chair, Glencore’s Director Underground Operations Darren Nicholls, said the organisers were taking a precautionary approach.   

“The resources sector has worked hard to protect our industry and Queensland’s regional communities since the pandemic began last year and we’re very pleased to note that so far we’ve not had a single case of COVID-19 transmission at a Queensland operation,” Mr Nicholls said.

“But we must continue to be vigilant.

“Given the logistical challenges of putting together an event of this size in the current landscape and taking on board the latest advice from health authorities, our organising committee has put caution before conference and postponed the event.

“It is regrettable, but we will now focus on developing the 2022 conference, which will again be held at The Star from August 21 through to August 24 using the same theme of “Together We Collaborate, Innovate and Educate.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, presenters, exhibitors and conference attendees for their understanding and their enduring support of the conference and we look forward to welcoming them in 2022.”

The QMIHS conference has been held annually since 1989 to exchange information, provide networking opportunities and foster proactive health and safety management.

Further updates on the 2022 conference can be accessed through the conference websiteFacebook page and the LinkedIn page.