Brian Hearne, mine manager of McArthur River Mine, is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for his dedication, drive and determination towards improving the mine.
Hearne was responsible for increasing the mine’s ore production by 16%.
More than increased production, however, Hearne has also been at the forefront of the mine’s other achievements including the landmark agreement with the Northern Territory Government regarding the social and economic development of the region as well as the independent environmental monitoring review.
Hearne has also committed the mine to gathering a greater Indigenous workforce.
Over the past two years McArthur River Mine has undergone some significant changes.
After the underground mine development became redundant, the mine explored the option of altering the mine into an open cut pit. The idea paid off, and the life of the mine was extended some 20 years.
The open pit development has the potential to generate economic benefits for the company of more than $10 billion over the next two decades, with about 60% of this delivered in the Northern Territory.
During the approval process for the open pit, Hearne and his team continued to deliver excellent results despite having to overcome a variety of hurdles. The key to Hearne’s success has been his steadfast commitment to get it right in the territory and to continue to be a leader in the mining industry. Throughout the entire process, Hearne has managed his team in a productive and efficient way.