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Although it was not the first time that Specialised Geo participated in the Mining and Engineering Exhibitions, we are honoured to be part of the 3-day event that was held for the first time in Newcastle.  The organisers of M&E string of events have decided to move the 2014 exhibition to Newcastle because they believe that being recognised as the industry hub for the NSW Hunter Coalfields, Newcastle and its surrounding region are the bases of a significant portion of the workforce and mine management, thus, it would be an excellent venue to attract key visitors.  The event was held at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on 8th-10th October.

Day 1 Theme.‘Zero Harm’

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2014 M&E Newcastle – Day 1 (Photo credit: NSWMining FB Page)

The opening day of the 2014 Mining and Engineering New South Wales (M&E NSW) was focused on Health and Safety of people and infrastructure within the sector.  One of the speakers, Dr. Ana Giacomini from the Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources discussed issues like rock fall hazards, wind draws and engineered barriers in the Australian mining environment and how innovative procedures can be utilised to promote and improve safety in the mine sites.

Day 2 Theme:  “Women in Mining”

The Women in Mining panel

The Women in Mining panel (Photo Credit: NSWMining FB Page)

The second day of the 2014 M&E NSW was focused on the roles of women in the mining industry in New South Wales, and dubbed as Women in Mining Day during the event. The attendees, including Specialised Geo Team, enjoyed drinks and nibbles after the Women in Mining Day panel session.

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Specialised Geo CEO Rachel Metcalf & Admin Manager Leann Doherty (Photo credit:  M&E NSW Facebook Page)


Day 3 Theme:  ‘Electric V Hydraulic’

The last day of the 214 M&E NSW exhibition was more of tech talks, with focus on the benefits of electric actuators V hydraulic cylinders to the environment.

Due to the positive feedback and overwhelming volume of people who attended the event, organisers are already looking at the possibility of hosting a bigger show for next year in Newcastle.  They are also considering to tie the event to the city in the same way as Mackay has done with the Queensland Mining and Engineering exhibition in July, which Specialised Geo also attended.

Specialised Geo would like to thank everyone who visited our booth during the exhibit.  See you at the AusRock 2014: 3rd Australasian Ground control in Mining Conference in Sydney on 5-6 November 2014.

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This year’s Peabody Energy Race Day, an annual charity event being sponsored by Peabody Energy Australia to support children with Cystic Fibrosis, was conducted on 9th August 2014 at the Broadmeadow Racecourse in Newcastle.

In line with its corporate social responsibility, Specialised Geo has also been sponsoring a race for several years now. This year’s event was another day of fun and relaxation to the Specialised Geo Team.

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Photo courtesy of Jamie Manning Recovery Auction Facebook Page

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have his left leg amputated above the knee as well as his fingers in his left hand. With all his injuries he got himself out of the burning car before it exploded. Dodge was a professional bull rider and being a tough guy, we all know he’s far from giving in.

Family and friends have rallied together to raise funds to assist Dodge, his wife Karen, and their 3 kids Jedd, Bray and Lori during this tough time in their life.

A charity event will be held today at 6:00pm at Scone Golf Club, Scone, New South Wales 2337, and will be followed by an auction at 7pm. Details of the events are available on the Jamie Manning Recovery Auction Facebook page.

Specialised Geo is bidding on several items in an online auctions that has also been set up for Jamie and his family. For those who cannot come to the live auction tonight but would like to help, consider bidding at www.32auctions.com/manning or make a donation through the said site.

All proceeds will go directly to Jamie, Karen and their 3 kids.

With all of our help and support we can make the road to recovery a little easier for the Manning’s. Any amount no matter how small is appreciated.

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Along with almost half million Australians who are working together to alleviate poverty, Specialised Geo sponsors a child through World Vision, one of Australia’s largest charitable institutions that works on long-term community projects to address the causes of poverty and help people move towards self-sufficiency.  The charitable group also provides relief in emergency situations.

By sponsoring a child, Specialised Geo, along with other people and institutions who took action to help people and their community, helps meet long term needs in its sponsored child’s community.  The sponsorship helps the sponsored child to have access to education, clean water and sanitation, healthcare, and resources to work his/her way out of poverty.


“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”
― Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home


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One of Specialised Geo’s advocacies is to help our community become a better place not only by getting involved in the construction of sturdy infrastructures, but also by fighting cancer, a disease that accounts for 3 out of every 10 registered deaths in Australia in 2010, and making it the leading cause of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia.

Specialised Geo chose to be an active Breakthough Member of Cancer Council NSW in its desire to help support thousands of people touched by cancer and ensure that no one faces cancer alone, and because we know that a monthly donation will make a long way to support cancer research, cancer prevention and patient support through a channel that shares our own values.

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