Mine Manager of the Year Category

Hella Australia is again sponsoring the Mine Manager of the Year Award.

Hella Australia is again sponsoring the Mine Manager of the Year Award in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

This category recognises the work of mine managers, technical mine managers and general managers who have led their team to better productivity, safety and environmental standards.Mine managers are quiet achievers managing conflicting goals, data, equipment and personnel to get the best out of their mines.

They are forced to be versatile in the face of skills shortages and unprecedented levels of international demand for Australian resources.

The category rewards persons employed in senior operational positions in metalliferous, precious metals and coal mines.

2007 Winner

Simone Wetzlar won the 2007 Mine Manager of the Year award.

Not only has Wetzlar managed some of the most productive operations in Australia, she has also shown a commitment to gender balance and fair treatment of women in the workforce.

Wetzlar oversees the operation of four coal mines in the Bowen Basin on behalf of Xstrata, Peabody Coal, Wesfarmers and BMA.

These operations have an annual turnover of $600 million, employing more than 1000 employees.

Simone has a background in human resources and was Thiess NSW human resources manager from May 1997 to June 2000.

“In 2000, after working for Thiess for 11 years, I wanted to do more with leadership work and move away from the human resources work that I was involved in,” Wetzlar told Australian Mining.

“My boss took a big gamble and asked me to run what was Thiess largest mining project at the time, Mt Owen.”

Wetzlar helped create work environments based on acceptance and respect, and worked towards a greater representation of women in the workforce.

2006 Winner

The Beaconsfield mine manager Matthew Gill won the Mine Manager of the Year award in 2006.

The Beaconsfield mine rescue was a seismic event in more ways than one.

However, behind the media circus, the politicking and the million dollar deals Gill made it all happen.

Having said that, Gill is at pains to stress that the rescue was a success because of the team efforts, dedication and commitment from a vast number of people the employees at the Mine, the rescue teams from around the state and the emergency services crews to name but a few.

A key factor in the success of the operation was Gill’s willingness to use in-house expertise, as well as to bring in people from all walks of life and other minesites.

Although the mine had a well trained and equipped Mines Rescue Squad, and the senior management team, which made up the Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG), had recently undertaken Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) training with NSW Mines Rescue, “No one could ever be fully prepared for the actual circumstances and events that unfolded on Anzac Day,” Gill told Australian Mining.

For more information on entering this category, email jessica.darnbrough@reedbusiness.com.au or call Jessica on 02 9422 2909.

Entries close Friday 27 June.

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