Three people have made the finalist list for the work they’ve done in the mining industry.
For his eight years' serving the mining industry in Parliament to now being an advocate through his PR agency, Norman Moore has been nominated for this year's Contribution to Mining award.
Moore served as WA's Minister for Mines during a period of unprecedented growth in the State's mining sector and drove many significant reforms for the industry.
From overhauling the states mine safety legislation after a spate of fatalities in 2008, to reforming the bond system, and introducing idea of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, during his time as Minister Moor made significant changes which have proved particularly effective and well received by the mining industry.
In his current role Moore continues to aid the development of the industry, providing strategic advice to Cannings Purple's mining sector clients.
His knowledge, consultative approach and strong leadership has contributed to a productive minerals sector in WA.
Industry and academia hold Professor Bruce Hebblewhite in high esteem as an academic who combines innovative and practical research, effective and inspiring teaching methods and demonstrated leadership and organisational skills.
Under his leadership, the School of Mining Engineering, UNSW Australia is now internationally recognised for its excellence with strong enrolment numbers, research portfolio and a most impressive alumni roll.
Hebblewhite was also instrumental in the success of Mining Engineering Australia (MEA) which industry has recognised it has raised the standard of education, rationalising its delivery and ensuring its sustainability.
Hebblewhite's prime focus is meeting the educational needs and training of the industry, ensuring universities continue producing high quality graduates to continue the growth and strength of the Australian mining industry.
Natasha Cann is the owner of Mining Mentors and Mining Mums, no-cost, confidential mentoring services to help women in mining and resources advance their careers.
"Mining Mentors" and "Mining Mums" began to evolve more than 10 years ago when Natasha was leading teams at multi-national resources and mining company where she saw the hesitation women had about pursuing their careers.
In response, she began mentoring women in her own time by developing a free services via Skype and face-to-face.
As a fourth generation miner with FIFO supervisory experience, Cann was well-placed to offer her know-how to women working within the sector.
Her services aim to help women in mining advance their careers by encouraging them to share advice, success and tribulations, and to identify their career and lifestyle goals.
Both programs foster talent by giving women working in the mining sector an avenue for open and honest communication.
Cann said she often receives calls or emails from women asking for advice but feeling they have no one to turn to.