Mining towns feature in Newcastle Variety Bash

May 30, 2014

The NSW Mining team has joined more than 220 fundraisers bashing their way around regional NSW to raise over $650,000 for disadvantaged Children in the Newcastle region.
Centennial Coal’s Katie Brassil joined Newcastle MP Tim Owen and Orica’s Greg Holmes for the Variety NSW AHA Bash sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council.
Teams from around NSW got together in their “pre-1974, much loved” vehicles, to let their hair down, dress up as characters and make lots of noise as they travelled around the state, visiting some prominent mining communities as they went.
The convoy, consisting of 71 vintage bash cars and 15 support vehicles made a big impression throughout their travels. Starting in Newcastle, they went to Merimbula, on the NSW South coast, then they travelled onto Goulburn and Wagga Wagga. 
Our drivers stopped at two major mine sites - Northparkes Mines just outside Parkes in central west NSW and Centennial Coal’s western operations near Lithgow, a long-time coal town just west of Sydney. 

Many of the communities they visited put on catering and entertainment for the lively group, including Wollondilly public school, who pulled out all the stops with music, food and entertainment throughout the Tuesday morning. 
As with any adventure, the NSW Mining team had a few issues along the way, but that didn’t stop the fun-loving group meeting locals from some great mining towns, who cheered them on through their journey. And the good news is, the team’s camaraderie continued despite the occasional technical fault.
“It was a fun experience, riding with Katie and even better knowing that we were raising money for such a wonderful charity,” Tim Owen said.

“It is just fantastic to raise money for underprivileged kids in this way. I am very grateful for the NSW Minerals Council and Centennial Coal’s commitment to that,” he added.
“I appreciated the opportunity to be involved in such a unique and fun event, to help raise money for disadvantaged and disabled children in NSW,” said Katie Brassil of Centennial Coal. 
"Regional NSW is home to many important mining towns, whose contribution to the state is deeply appreciated. It was great to be able to visit and spend some time with the wonderful people in the local community.” 
You can find out more about the AHA Newcastle Variety Bash, and make a donation on their website:

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