Get your 2020 Prospect Award nominations in

Nominations for the 2020 Australian Mining Prospect Awards, which celebrate the best of the best in Australia’s mining industry are now open.

Marking 17 years of the premier event for the Australian mining industry, the Prospect Awards aim to recognise and reward excellence in performance across all aspects of the industry, from operations to support for the local environment within mining communities.

The categories with awards up for grabs in 2020 are the Indigenous Engagement Award, Excellence in ifm Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Application, Epiroc Contract Miner of the Year, Contribution to Mining, Epiroc Hard Rock Mine of the Year, SEW-Eurodrive Coal Mine of the Year, Metso Excellence in Environmental Management, Schenck Process Excellence in Mine Safety Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), CDE Minerals Processing of the Year, Austmine Innovative Mining Solution, CRC Mine Manager of the Year, Flexco Safety Advocate Award, Liebherr Lifetime Achievement Award and of course, the coveted National Group Australian Mine of the Year.

The Australian Mine of the Year will be chosen from finalists in the Hard Rock Mine of the Year and Coal Mine of the Year categories, while the Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has dedicated their entire career to the industry and does not take nominations.

The other 12 categories are open for nominations and will recognise companies and individuals for their efforts for initiatives undertaken within the past 12 months. They will demonstrate how the nominee goes above and beyond to create shared value and/or contribution to the Australian mining industry.

For the 2020 Prospect Awards, Australian Mining is proud to introduce two new award categories – the Indigenous Engagement Award and Excellence in IIoT Application – to recognise the companies and individuals excelling in the area of Indigenous employment and engagement and in applying the IoT into mining operations for added value.

Looking back at 2019, Glencore’s Mangoola CHPP (coal handling preparation plant) was named Australian Mine of the Year, while EMR Capital executive chairman Owen Hegarty took out the highest individual honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mangoola CHPP came away with a hat-trick, taking out not only Australian Mine of the Year, but also Excellence in Mine Safety OH&S award and Coal Mine of the Year.

This meant Mangoola pipped New Century Resources’ Hard Rock Mine of the Year winner, the Century zinc mine for the top honour, but New Century didn’t go away empty handed, snagging the Community Interaction award for the Waanyi-Downer joint venture.

Mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto came away with an award apiece, with BHP Olympic Dam’s general mine manager Paul Cuthbert being named Mine Manager of the Year, while Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert Turtle Management Program won the Excellence in Environmental Management category.

It wasn’t just about the big guns though, with Mitchell Services winning Contract Miner of the Year, MMD scooping up the Minerals Processing of the Year gong and OZ Minerals and Unearthed’s Explorer Challenge recognised as the best Innovative Mining Solution.

The night took an emotional turn when the late John Emerson, board member of MinEx CRC was named as the winner of the Contribution to Mining award, which was accepted on his behalf by his nephew Steve Skull.

This year, Australian Mining is delighted to welcome back National Group, Liebherr, Flexco, Epiroc, Metso, CDE Global, Austmine, SEW Eurodrive and CRC Industries on board as returning sponsors to the event, and welcome aboard new sponsor IFM, which will support the Excellence in IIoT category.

These sponsors, along with guests are set to return to the sunshine state capital Brisbane (COVID-19 permitting) for the Prospect Awards for the second time, highlighting and recognising Queensland’s significant contribution to the mining industry.

Australian Mining invites those within the industry to nominate, save the date, as the industry comes together to celebrate another year of excellence in Australia’s mining and mineral processing industry.

Nominations are open at and Australian Mining encourages you to put forward nominations for organisations, departments and individuals in the industry that are going above and beyond in their roles to support a strong resources sector in Australia.

Nominations for all award categories close on Friday, September 4.

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