Innovation, occupational health and Safety and environmental management were the big winners at the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
Health, safety, innovative technology and best practice resonated through each of the finalists in the 14 categories.
Held at Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay Wharf on Wednesday 22 October, the awards night went off without a hitch.
Finalists and sponsors were treated to a three course meal, a live band and even livelier conversation.
This year represented a wide range of finalists, each of whom has achieved excellence in their field.
Deciding who would take home the coveted Winner and Highly Commended trophy proved a difficult task for the judges who were amazed by the quality of the finalists.
Australian Mining would like to congratulate the each of the Highly Commended recipients and Winners.
Australian Mining would also like to take this chance to thank all those who attended. A special thank you must be given to the sponsors because without them, this prestigious event would not take place.
MINE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by MMD Australia
McArthur River Mine
CONTRACT MINER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Atlas Copco
Winner: CDE Capital
Highly Commended: Macmahon Mining
INNOVATIVE MINING SOLUTION
Sponsored by BASF
Winner: Global Tracking Solutions
Highly Commended: Alcoa’s Bearing Lifting Jig
EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Sponsored by Metso Minerals
Winner: BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal’s WestVAMP Plant
Highly Commended: Rio Tinto & Nylex Solutions’ Aquacap
COAL MINE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Pacific Hoists
Winner: Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Coal Mine
Highly Commended: Ensham Coal Mine
METALLIFEROUS MINE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Atlas Copco
Winner: McArthur River Mine Open-pit development
Highly Commended: Xsrtata’s Ernest Henry Copper Gold Mine
EXPLORER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Maptek
Winner: Malachite Resources
Highly Commended: Iluka Resources
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by CAPS Australia
Winner: Nucrush Group, Good Neighbour Program
Highly Commended: Springvale Coal Mine’s Water Transfer Scheme
EXCELLENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Sponsored by Sandvik
Winner: Swick Mining Services’ Underground Diamond drill-rig
Highly Commended: Jan Lichos’ Brake Diagnostic Tool
MINERALS PROCESSING PLANT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by ABB
Winner: Alcoa Kwinana Refinery
Highly Commended: Gekko Systems Python Processing Plant
TRAINEE OR APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Australian Mining Magazine
Winner: Edmond Busch — Zinifex Century Mine
Highly Commended: George Klembt- Oxiana
EMPLOYER OF CHOICE AWARD
Sponsored by People Intelligence
Highly Commended: Oz Minerals
MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MINING
Sponsored by Siemens
Winner: Lindsay Gilligan
Highly Commended: Dr David Noon
MINE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hella
Winner: Peter Westerhuis — Ensham Mine
Highly Commended: Brian Hearne- McArthur River Mine