Western Australia's mineral and petroleum industry will come to the city in March to involve the community in the State's first Mining and Energy Week.
Launching the joint industry/Government initiative at Scitech Discovery Centre today, Mines Minister George Cash said the week would give the public an opportunity to experience the human face of an industry which contributed $12.6 billion to the State's economy last financial year.
"Our mining and energy industry operates almost out of sight of most of us, yet the benefits flow through the whole community," Mr Cash said.
"What we rarely see are the exploration geologists who find the mineral deposits, the drillers who tap them, the engineers who design the mines and rigs, the miners who extract the minerals or the many other people who contribute to the well-being of our community through the industry."
The week of hands-on activities, which will run from March 12 to 18, is being underwritten by the Chamber of Mines and Energy, the Department of Minerals and Energy and the Department of Resources Development.
The theme of the week will be `Mining and Energy - Our Heritage, Our Future'.
Mr Cash said the week would give everyone in the community the chance to experience and understand many aspects of a largely silent contributor to their lives.
"The human face of the industry will be proudly on show, because it is through the efforts of the companies and individuals that make up the 39,000 people directly employed in the industry that we all benefit," Mr Cash said.
Events for the inaugural week will centre around Forrest Place, with a range of different activities each day. Similar mining and energy events in other States have attracted large crowds.
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