The Hunter Coal Festival will be a celebration of the co-existence between community and the mining industry from April 6 – 15.

A full line up of events focuses on the festival’s themes of “community + co-existence + innovation + education”.

The festival is organised by Singleton Business Chamber with support from Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Singleton Shire Council and events are scheduled to take place in Singleton, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and Kurri Kurri.

Festival lineup:

MINING LEADERS LUNCH, Friday, April 6 – Billed as the “Hunter’s Mining Industry Event of the Year, the Mining Leaders Lunch will be held at Club Singleton with a powerful set of speakers in Federal Resources Minister Senator Matt Canavan and Head of Glencore’s Global Coal Assets Peter Freyberg addressing what is expected to be a full house of industry representatives. Presentations will also be given by the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue, Coal Services and Mine Wealth + Wellbeing. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/64635

SINGLETON COMMUNITY DAY AND PARADE, Saturday, April 7 – Preceded by a parade on John Street from 10am, the Singleton Showground will come alive for the festival’s biggest community event, the Singleton Community Day. The Singleton Community Day has a packed schedule of family-fun activities, including three freestyle motorcross performances,  coal shovelling and touch footy competitions and the NSW Tug O War championships, a mines rescue demonstration, live music, indigenous dance performances, petting zoo, children’s entertainers – including two performances by The Little Scallywagz – and children’s activities and much more. The mining industry and community will also be on show with Hunter mining companies and community groups mounting multiple displays. Entry is free.

MINE TOURS, Saturday, April 7 – Board a bus to one of three local companies (Glencore, Yancoal and Bloomfield Coal/Rix’s Creek) offering tours of their mines. This is a rare and unique opportunity to see working mining operations up close. Buses leave Albion Park from 9am. The tours are free but bookings need to be made in advance – for more information on bus bookings see the festival website at huntercoalfestival.org.au

TOUCH FOOTY COMPETITION, Saturday, April 7 preceding the Singleton Community Day with an 8.30 am start, touch football teams compete for the Voice for Mining Hunter Coal Festival Cup. Teams of seven to 10 will compete in a round robin tournament with prizes and trophy for the winning team. This is a senior competition but teenagers are welcome to participate. For team or individual nominations contact Peter on 0427 712 613 or Janelle on 0413 606 424 or see the festival website at huntercoalfestival.org.au.

KURRI COALFACE PEDAL, Sunday, April 8 – The Kurri Coalface Pedal offers a day of fun and fitness for mountain bike enthusiasts while raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The bush ride is designed for all levels of cyclists with courses ranging from hard to easy. For full details and registration see www.rescuehelicopterservice.com.au/events/2018-kurri-coalface-pedal-mountain-bike-event

SINGLETON CHAMBER LUNCH, Monday, April 9 – The festival gets down to business with NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee presenting a mining industry update at the Singleton Business Chamber Lunch at Singleton Diggers. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/64637

MUSWELLBROOK CHAMBER BREAKFAST, Tuesday, April 10 – The focus on business continues when NSW Minerals Council Stephen Galilee provides his industry update to Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Muswellbrook Race Club. Ticket bookings are through the Chamber at info@muswellbrookchamber.com.au

STEM TOURS, Wednesday, April 11– Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) streamed high school students get a first-hand look at STEM education at the University of Newcastle’s Engineering Faculty. After visiting the university students visit the Port Waratah Coal Services coal loading facility to witness STEM learning in action.

REHABILITATION CONFERENCE, Thursday, April 12 – Australia’s mined land rehabilitation community gathers at the Tom Farrell Institute’s Mine Rehab Conference to hear expert speakers who bring the latest innovations, on ground experience and thought-provoking ideas. The conference also includes mine tours for delegates. To be held at the Wests New Lambton with a bus tour on April 11 and workshops on April 13. For full details, www.tomfarrellinstitute.org/mlrc2018.html

COMMUNITY UPDATES, Friday, April 13 – An ongoing review of the Upper Hunter Synoptic Plan and new regulations for rehabilitation of mined land will shape the future of the Upper Hunter. Members of the community have an opportunity to have input and see two presentations: Synoptic Plan Review Community Update with the Department of Premier and Cabinet Hunter Director Stephen Wills and Sima Williamson from the Division of Resources and Geoscience will give an update on the Rehabilitation Reform Program. To be held at Muswellbrook Workers Club from 10 am to noon, entry is free but people are asked to register through Sticky Tickets https://www.stickytickets.com.au/64786

SINGLETON FIRELIGHT FESTIVAL, Saturday, April 14  – The Singleton Civic Precinct will be transformed into a blistering festival of music, food and fire for the “Singleton Firelight Festival”. The evening event will see the Civic Centre lawn come alive with Utopian Fire Dancing, where performers will deliver a fiery mix of dance and theatrical tricks.  A gathering space dedicated to the region’s food and wine will also feature on the lawn. This will be the epicentre of the event where the community will encounter drool-worthy eats from food trucks, wine and craft beer from local wineries and breweries. All that’s left is to take a seat at one of the communal tables to enjoy the twinkle of lights overhead and the trendy beats of local bands perform on stage. Singleton Firelight Festival will warm up the town from 6pm to 10pm.

CHARITY GOLF DAY, Sunday, April 15 –The Festival swings into its final day at Singleton Golf Course while raising funds for the Cancer Council. The event is a two-person ambrose with two shotgun starts at 7.30am and at 12.30pm. There will be presentations at 1pm and 6pm with great prizes and a charity auction. Entry fee is $30 per player with proceeds going to the Cancer Council. For team or individual nominations contact Les at the pro shop on 6572 4875.