Last chance to nominate for 2021 Prospect Awards

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The Prospect Awards will return to Queensland in October. Nominate for the awards this month before missing out on an opportunity to take home one of this year’s honours.

Australia’s mining industry has continued to enjoy buoyant times in 2021 as project development ramps up and our mineral exports set new records.

These achievements have continued to show how vital mining is to Australia, particularly as the country bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian mining has also been at the forefront of developments in electrification and automation, which are paving the way for future standards of productivity and efficiency. 

The contributors to these milestones and others will be recognised at this year’s Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

With nominations closing on August 20, now is the perfect time to make a submission and enter this year’s awards. 

The Australian Mining Prospect Awards will take place at The Greek Club in Brisbane on October 14. 

This year’s awards will mark a welcome return to the traditional in-person dinner event after last year’s awards went digital due to the impact of COVID-19.

First established in 2004 to recognise the vigour of Australia’s mining industry, the Prospect Awards shed light on the companies that have made a difference in the industry and within their own organisations.  

Key sponsors of this year’s awards include National Group, Liebherr, SEW Eurodrive, Epiroc, Austmine, Flexco, Vocus and CRC Industries. 

“The 2021 Australian Mining Prospect Awards are supported by some of the most well-known companies in the mining industry,” Prospect Awards events manager Lauren Winterbottom says.

“Mining plays a key part in Australia’s economic success and supports thousands of jobs across the country, so it is important that we highlight the people and companies setting up the future.”

It’s clear that the might of the mining industry has not faltered during this pandemic. 

According to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Resources and Energy Quarterly for the June quarter, export volumes will increase by another 8 per cent in the 2021-22 financial year to $334 billion. 

This adds to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) finding that mining employed a record 278,800 people in the three months to the end of May this year, increasing by more than 8 per cent over the previous quarter

In May, the Minerals Council of Australia estimated that tax and royalties from Australia’s minerals sector reached $39.3 billion in 2019-20, highlighting the importance of mining for the country’s growth.

Australian Mining managing editor Ben Creagh says the Prospect Awards will showcase the tenacity of the sector as it continues to break records. 

“The momentum of Australia’s mining sector hasn’t slowed down, and the Australian Mining Prospect Awards will show just how capable our mining industry is,” he says. 

“Australia’s position as one of the world’s major suppliers of commodities, including coal and iron ore is one that should be recognised and celebrated.”

There are plenty of opportunities to nominate a standout individual or organisation for their achievements with 13 awards up for grabs.

The free nominations must be completed in one sitting with companies, sites and executives required to operate and work within Australia. 

Finalists will be announced in September 2021 before the awards show takes place. The categories for this year’s awards include: 

  Australian Mine of the Year (sponsored by National Group)

  Coal Mine of the Year (sponsored by SEW Eurodrive) 

  Contract Miner of the Year (sponsored by Epiroc)

  Hard Rock Mine of the Year (sponsored by Epiroc)

  Innovative Mining Solution (sponsored by Austmine) 

  Safety Advocate award (sponsored by Flexco)

  Mine Manager of the Year (sponsored by CRC)

  Lifetime Achievement award (sponsored by Liebherr)

  Indigenous Engagement Award

  Excellence in IIoT Application

  Excellence in Environmental Management

  Excellence in Mine Safety, OH&S (sponsored by Vocus)

  Minerals Processing of the Year.  

Nominations are open online at until August 20.

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