Diggers and Dealers Awards 2015

The 2015 Diggers and Dealers awards have wrapped up with OceanaGold Corporation taking out top honours as Digger of the Year.

Last night in Kalgoorlie managing director Mick Wilkes accepted the award, which recognises the excellence which OceanaGold has exhibited in management of its operations in New Zealand and the Philippines.

Oceanagold’s Macraes gold project in New Zealand delivers in excess of 200,000 ounces of gold annually, while their Didipio copper gold project produces more than 100,000 ounces of gold and 25,000 tonnes of copper annually.

With a strong pipeline of development and exploration projects, the Diggers and Dealers judges expect OceanaGold will have solid and sustainable growth, especially given their recent proposal for a merger with TSX listed Romarco Minerals, which will add a US based open pit to the production base.

OceanaGold have projected production of 540,000 ounces by 2017 at an all in sustaining cost of less than US$600 per ounce.

The coveted Dealer of the Year prize was awarded to Tony Poli, for his involvement and delivery of value for shareholders through the takeover of Aquila Resources by Baosteel and Aurizon.

Poli was not present for the awards presentation in Kalgoorlie on Wednesday.

The Aquila takeover was completed in August 2014 when the iron ore price was in excess of $100 per tonne, in a deal worth $1.34 billion to Aquila shareholders.

Exploration company Hot Chili Limited was recognised with the Emerging Company Award, which was accepted by managing director Christian Easterday.

The emerging companies award is judged from companies that make presentations in the ‘Duelling Drill Rigs’ part of the Diggers and Dealers programme, to recognise companies that strive to ensure the development of new projects and the continuity of industry growth.

The GJ Stokes Memorial Award was presented to Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifiani at a breakfast in London last month.

The mining engineer and former Wollongong University graduate was chosen for the award based on his exemplary career which has seen him go from a senior position at the Kalgoorlie Superpit early in his career, to become one of the world leaders of the global commodities sectors.

Agent General for Western Australia Kevin Skipworth presented the award at a breakfast hosted by Anglo American on July 10, when he said Cutifiani was universally recognised as one of the resources industry’s most competent businessmen and leaders.

“He operates in a forthright and inspirational leadership style and has an enviable record of corporate achievement,” Skipworth said.

“Mark not only undertakes his corporate responsibilities effectively but he represents the broader industry through well considered and influential comments on numerous issues that affect the industry.”

The second annual Ray Finlayson Medal for Leadership and Excellence was awarded in absentia to WA School of Mines metallurgy student Michael Assman.

The media award went to Kristie Batten from MiningNews.net, an Edith Cowan University graduate and editor of the MiningNews internet news bulletin.

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