The Australian Mining Prospect Awards are returning once again, this time to be held at the Ivy in Sydney on October 26.
The awards provide an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the previous year and celebrate the success and achievements of companies in Australia’s mining industry.
While the mining sector is no stranger to the challenges brought on by market uncertainty, it is also a breeding ground for innovation, resilience and a push toward the shared goal of sustaining the sector for years to come.
The awards feature 11 categories including Contract Miner of the Year, Community Interaction, Contribution to Mining, Hard Rock Mine of the Year, Coal Mine of the Year, Excellence in Environmental Management, Excellence in Mine Safety and OH&S, Mine Manager of the Year, Minerals Processing of the Year, Innovative Mining Solution and the coveted Australian Mine of the Year award.
Over its 13-year history, the awards have been held in high regard by both winners and nominees, namely as it recognises the efforts their company has put in behind the scenes.
RCT, winner of the 2016 Prospect Award for Innovative Mining Solution, highlighted that the awards were an acknowledgement of the hard work put in by its employees.
The smart technology company won for its Independent Guidance Solution for underground loaders and trucks, which allows operators to set a predetermined path into the system and with the push of a button, the machine travels by itself to its intended destination.
“These awards are very good recognition for our people who put in a lot of time and effort to put together these solutions to ensure they work effectively and efficiently,” RCT’s head of product management, Dave Holman told Australian Mining.
This sentiment was also shared by refuge chamber and safety equipment manufacturer Minearc, 2014 winner of the Excellence in Mine Safety & OHS award for the EnviroLAV – an environmentally-friendly toilet for the heavy industry.
“We’ve been designing toilets for mining for probably the last seven or eight years and when we came to the point of developing the EnviroLAV we knew it was a good product,” Minearc marketing manager Andrew Kindon said.
“We know that it would be basically groundbreaking for the industry and the award was acknowledgement of that, so it’s works well for us.”
The Prospect Awards are also a way to recognise specific individuals that have shown outstanding leadership within their company.
Last year’s Mine Manager of the Year winner Neil Hassett said the award made him proud not only to be nominated but to also win it.
Hassett, who is the coal handling and preparation plant manager at Glencore’s Mt Owen Coal mine, said he was humbled by the award.
“I’m sure there’d be a lot better people out there than me,” he said.
The awards are also a fitting way to honour the long-term involvement companies have played in the mining sector, with Micromine founder and director Graeme Tuder winning the 2016 Contribution to Mining award at the same time the company celebrated its 30th anniversary.
“Since its beginning in 1986, Graeme’s vision for the company has been to provide high quality products and services that create value for exploration and mining companies,” Tuder’s daughter Claire told Australian Mining.
“This is a fantastic recognition of Graeme’s contribution to the industry.”
Nominations for the 2017 Prospect Awards are now open and it will be a night not to be missed.
To nominate, visit www.prospectawards.com.au.