The Gold Industry Group (GIG) partnered with the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI) to deliver its annual community expo, ‘Explore the Goldfields’, showcasing the extensive activities and services available to new and existing residents.

Held in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s St Barbara’s Square from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 9 February 2019, the fifth annual expo saw 70 individual stallholders on display for the public to peruse, sponsored by the Gold Industry Group and member Norton Gold Fields.

Hundreds of locals, families and tourists alike visited the expo throughout the course of the day, making friends and learning new skills, with some commenting about discovering businesses and services in the community that they hadn’t previously been aware of.

The Gold Industry Group shared a stall with KCGM staff providing the community with information on the upcoming LIVINWell event, Kalgoorlie’s #heartofgold Discovery Trail, Points of Interest driving tour, gold school program for primary and secondary students, and much more.

“Explore the Goldfields Expo was a huge success. This year saw an increase in stallholders and more interaction with the community.

“We have received excellent feedback, with one sporting organisation reporting they picked up 16 new members!” said KBCCI Chief Executive Officer Simone de Been.

Stallholders included sporting clubs, charities, art and cultural organisations, community groups, youth and recreation facilities, tour operators, health care and family services, government representatives and defence.

The annual event provides these companies the opportunity to interact directly with members of the public, with some stallholders even offering free samples, raffles or giveaways exclusive to the day.

A local choir along with cheer leading and dancing groups kept the crowd entertained whilst the younger ones could get their faces painted. KBCCI staff kept up a running commentary throughout the day, highlighting each stallholder’s unique offering. Several interactive displays included a local artist, hockey chutes, toy library and a chocolate wheel.