The winners of the 2018 Queensland Mining Awards have been announced. The awards, co-hosted by the Bowen Basin Mining Club (BBMC) and Queensland Resources Council (QRC) took place last night at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, and saw over 520 attendees.
The awards focused on 27 finalists across eight peer-judged award categories celebrating the best of Queensland’s mining industry.
The full list of award winners are:
- QME Best Product Launch Award – Control Systems Technology
- METS Ignited Collaboration Award – Unearthed/Origin Energy/Advance Queensland
- McLanahan Safety Award – Greyhound Australia
- Greyhound Australia Cost Saving Initiative Award – Quarry Mining
- Economx Time Saving Initiative Award – Downer Blasting Services
- JCB CEA Project Innovation Award – Mine Energy Solutions
- Hastings Deering Community/Staff Engagement or EEO Award – Rio Tinto
- Bowen Basin Mining Club Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year – Wolff Mining
Wolff Mining, a mining-focused subsidiary of earthmoving company Wolff Group, was particularly well represented. Not only did Wolff Mining receive Mining Contractor of the Year, they were also a finalist for Best Product Launch for its efforts in the arena of semi-autonomous dozers.
Best Product Launch went to Control Systems Technology’s IntelliRoll, an autonomous ‘plug-and-play’ conveyor belt weigher.
Other winners included Greyhound Australia, which beat strong competition with its retrofitted TechBus, and Quarry Mining’s research into underground roof support streamlining, which won the Cost Saving Initiative award.
Rio Tinto and Downer were the largest companies to receive awards, for Community Staff Engagement (the Amrun project) and Time Saving (for the DBS Speedloader), respectively.
Commenting, Bowen Basin Mining Club director Jodie Currie called the event a “celebration of the Queensland mining industry, and one that was particularly sweet given some of the hard times we’ve seen in previous years.”