Business opportunities in mining supply chain tabled at industry discussions


The Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector is a potential growth area for businesses in the Dubbo region and Western Plains Regional Council has been collaborating with the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Department of Industry to identify opportunities for businesses to participate in the mining supply chain.

METS NSW is a project of the Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub with partners including the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, the NSW Department of Industry, HunterNet, Austrade, and a diverse range of industry participants.  METS NSW is expanding its services to Dubbo and the Western Plains Regional area.

Council’s Economic Development Officer Jacki Parish said METS NSW visited Dubbo to introduce HunterNet’s supply chain logistics program to local businesses.

“HunterNet’s Supply Chain Participation Program has been running successfully in the Hunter region over the past three years.  It helps businesses prepare and identify target markets and opportunities to tap in to the mining supply chain. The program includes supply chain education, business capability and diagnostics, supply chain expert panel sessions and business development support,” Ms Parish said. 

“Last week, businesses attended an information evening to hear more about HunterNets Supply Chain Participation Program and potential benefits delivered to industry,” she said.

“This was a great opportunity to hear first-hand of a successful growth and development program for the METS Sector and consider if elements of the program could be adopted to work for Dubbo and the Western Plains region,” Ms Parish said.

METS NSW Chairperson Clare Sykes said METS NSW is a strategic partnership set up to leverage the strength of Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services businesses throughout NSW. 

“As well as government and industry partners METS NSW has a partnership with the University of Newcastle and Austmine which has over 350 corporate members,” Ms Sykes said.

“We are pleased to be working with Western Plains Regional Council and Dubbo Chamber of Commerce through the METS NSW initiative and look forward to engaging further to develop a regionally relevant program to support local businesses.” she said.


Representatives from Dubbo’s business community participated in discussions with METS NSW about improving and developing businesses opportunities by participating in the mining supply chain.


Jacki Parish
Economic Development Officer
Western Plains Regional Council 
(02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 03 Jun 2016

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