Australia’s biggest mining industry event is in turmoil as wild weather rips through Perth and Kalgoorlie.
The glittering dinner on Wednesday, usually the pinnacle of the decades-old event, has been canceled as food and catering staff are stuck in Perth.
The big top is being emptied of industry booths as winds threaten safety in the huge marquee.
Instead, a cocktail party will cap off the event, organizers told AAP.
Hundreds of mining executives had already been stranded by grounded aircraft, unable to reach Kalgoorlie, including Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines who had to deliver her speech virtually on Tuesday.
Organizers said they had to close the main marquee to delegates as damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected during the day.
“Due to the severe wind warning we are unable to bring the catering charter flight to Kalgoorlie that brings additional work force and supplies to deliver the WesTrac Gala Dinner,” a spokeswoman said.
“We will arrange an enjoyable evening and presentation of the traditional forum awards.”
All attendees will be hosted at the Goldfields Arts Center for the final day.
“Is Diggers and Dealers the latest victim of climate change,” a delegate asked.