The Hunter Coal Festival is to be staged this year in October/November. The biennial festival was originally planned for October 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19.

The festival is an initiative of the Singleton Business Chamber which works together with sponsors, government bodies, TAFE, community groups and local business to stage what has become one of the Upper Hunter’s largest and most popular festivals.

Singleton Business Chamber president Sue Gilroy said planning for the fourth Hunter Coal Festival was well-advanced.

“As much of the initial organisation for the festival was already in place when the decision was made in August 2020 to postpone, our planning  for 2021 is very well advanced and supported by a strong contingent of confirmed sponsors including all the major working mining companies in the Upper Hunter,” Ms Gilroy said.

“While further events could be added to the line-up, at this stage we have confirmed three major events which will form the centrepiece of the festival.”

The confirmed major events are:

  • October 29, 2021 – Careers and Innovations Expo at TAFE NSW – Muswellbrook
  • November 5, 2021 – Mining Leaders Lunch at Singleton Civic Centre
  • November 6, 2021 – Singleton Community Day at Singleton Showground

Ms Gilroy said this would be the fourth Hunter Coal Festival aimed at promoting the Upper Hunter’s major industry and its involvement in the community in a positive light.

The 2021 Hunter Coal Festival will retain the festival’s successful “Community + Coexistence + Innovation + Education” theme.

“The Hunter Coal Festival is an opportunity to highlight the ongoing co-existence between industry and community with a focus on the positive benefits to the Hunter overall as well as the contribution made by individual companies,” Ms Gilroy said.

“In the current climate, we believe the festival’s messaging is more important than ever.”

Ms Gilroy said sponsorship packages were still available and festival organisers were seeking community involvement in festival events.

People could get more information by expressing  their interest via email to admin@singletonchamber.org.au