More than 300 people turned out for the tenth annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards on Thursday night.
Held at The Ivy in Sydney, the evening opened with New South Wales Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee explaining to attendees that miners need to do more to tell the stories of the industry.
“Mining is an industry of extremes, from heartbreak to success,” he said.
Galilee said NSW has a long and proud mining history.
“It’s an industry that’s helped build the state from the ground up,” he said.
He explained that mining companies directly spend about $12.8 billion annually on wages, goods and services in NSW, with $6.3 billion spent in the Hunter Valley region alone.
But as Galilee discussed the importance of recognising miners' good work, the awards spent the night recognising miners' hard work and excellence.
The Australian Mining Awards recognise both companies and individuals within the sector who have excelled over the past 12 months.
From a pool of 71 finalists, the judges said it was a difficult job awarding last night’s winners.
The winners for 2013 are:
Excellence in Mine Safety, OH&S
Enware, for its Safety Shower
Innovative Mining Solution
The Azimuth Aligner from Downhole Surveys
Minerals Processing of the Year
Anglo American's Moranbah North’s CHPP
Open 4 U Miner’s Breakfast
Explorer of the Year
Sheffield Resources Limited for its Dampier Heavy Mineral Sands Project
Contract Miner of the Year
Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure for its Ulan West mine ventilation shaft
Laura Hayman from Coffey International
Manager of the Year
Mike Stone from Energy Resources Australia
Young Achiever of the Year
Michael Trusler from PlantMiner.com.au
Mining’s Woman of the Year
Liz Watts from GlencoreXstrata
Contribution to Mining
Phil Enderby from GlencoreXstrata
Coal Mine of the Year
Anglo American's Moranbah North coal mine
Hard Rock Mine of the Year
Sandfire Resources' DeGrussa mine
Australian Mine of the Year
GlencoreXstrata's Mangoola coal mine
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!