Nominations are now open for the 2013 Australian Mining Prospect Awards which is now in its tenth year of recognising and rewarding the best in the mining industry.
With 15 categories to be awarded at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on October 31 there will be a lot to celebrate.
The coveted Australian Mine of the Year award was last year taken out by Anglo American's Capcoal Surface Operation, and is presented to the mine that has either improved productivity or reached notable milestones through the implementation of new technology or innovative processes.
Proving to be a highly competitive section of the night, the Young Achiever of the Year accolade recognises promising talent within the industry as young hopefuls attain goals at the start of their mining careers.
Australian Mining has reported on a number of innovative mining solutions currently being implemented within the sector including the integration of software solutions to enhance mine planning and the repurposing of manufacturing technology for use on mine sites with robotics and automation.
The Innovative Mining Solutions Award has in the past proven to be a compelling part of the night, recognising new technology and innovations that have resulted in real mining improvements.
The Peoples’ Choice Award is voted for online by Australian Mining readers, and brings together all the entries for Young Achiever, Female of the Year, and contribution to mining.
Mining companies across the country are looking at ways to increase gender equality onsite, with flexible rosters and education that dispels mining myths, the industry is improving its ratio of men to women.
Mining’s Woman of the Year category is an important accolade which recognises positive and significant change within the industry and has in the past created role models for other females looking to strive in mining.
Without exploration mining’s future is jeopardised, the Explorer of the Year award is presented to a company that has made new discoveries or significantly extended known deposits through either the reinterpretation of existing data or the utilisation of new data, processes or techniques.
Last year Explorer of the Year went to the CSIRO for its contribution to the industry with the development of 3D Mineral Mapping technology.
The Prospect awards also recognise Excellence in Safety and Environmental Management, Mine Manger of the Year, community interaction, contract miners, Coal Mine and Hard Rock Mines of the Year.
The Prospect Awards are judged by an independent panel of industry experts.