The National Opal Symposium is a bi-annual event which aims to further the development, sustainability and prosperity of the Australian opal industry. The 1st National Opal Symposium was held in Lightning Ridge in March 1999 and was hosted by the Lightning Ridge Miner's Association. As a result of its success it was agreed to convene the Symposium biannually on a rotational basis between the three opal producing states. In 2001 Coober Pedy hosted the event, 2003 Quilpie, 2005 Lightning Ridge and in 2007 it is Coober Pedy's turn once again to host this important National event.
The Symposium provides the opportunity for miners from the three opal producing states to draw on the collective knowledge of the industry, government and presenters who provide the latest information on subjects that are of relevance to the industry.
The Symposium has the support of opal miners, the opal mining associations, academics and relevant government departments from the three opal producing states.
The 2007 National Opal Symposium will be held in Coober Pedy on 3, 4 and 5 of April 2007
It is a joint venture between Coober Pedy Andamooka, Mintabie & Lambina.
The 2007 Symposium will consist of two days of important presentations and workshops on the Australian Opal Industry.
The themes will include:
Geology of Opal
Developments within the opal mining industry
Safety on the opal fields
The speakers covering the topics are international, national, state and local as will be the estimated 200 delegates.
The program also includes a variety of social events including a welcoming function and happy hour, barbecue and the official symposium dinner. Pre & post conference tours to the opal fields will also be available. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Below is the sponsorship package information: