Unleash the power of sensor technology: Join VEGA Australia’s Technology Day

Join VEGA for an action-packed VEGA Australia Technology Day South Australia and Western Australia on May 31 2023.

VEGA experts from SA and WA will be delivering live demonstrations and interactive sessions on cutting-edge topics.

DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2023.

TIME: 8:30am to 3:00pm AEDT.

LOCATION: VEGA Australia Headquarters at 34 Cawarra Road, Caringbah, NSW 2229 (Transport to and from venue will be organised by VEGA).

FLIGHTS: Return flights from major capital cities included (Perth/Adelaide airport).

ACCOMMODATION: One night included – May 30 2023. To be arranged upon receipt of RSVP and with VEGA account manager.

REFRESHMENTS: Morning tea and lunch served (please confirm any vegan/vegetarian dietary requirements when registering or directly with account manager).

Seats are limited, so RSVP by COB April 29 2023 to secure your spot.

Please note: VEGA Australia is a COVID safe workplace.

Discover the latest advancements in measurement technology and gain exclusive insights into:

  • VEGA’s range of 80GHz radar solutions for bulk solid and water/wastewater measurement
  • New generation VEGAPULS 6X radar sensors and VEGAMET controllers offering solutions for liquids and bulk solids applications and why radar is the better ultrasonic
  • New generation pressure switches with IO-Link for simple automation applications and diverse possibilities of electronic differential pressure
  • New generation point level measurement switches with IO-Link for adhesive media and cost-effective continuous
  • The power of precision focusing and dynamic range in your applications
  • Universal vibration switches and high-temperature and pressure level switches for extreme process conditions
  • Guided radar sensor ranges for simplicity and reliability even under extreme conditions
  • Solutions for process, differential, and hydrostatic pressure featuring CERTEC technology
  • Industry 4.0 enhanced technology with VEGA tools app, remote monitoring of measuring points via VEGA inventory system, myVEGA online platform, online instrument selections, and more
  • Personal service around the clock with on-demand remote maintenance from a VEGA technician, configuration assistance via our PACTware software for DTM-based setup, adjustment, diagnosis, and documentation of field services, fault analysis, and plant visits for unparalleled support.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to stay ahead in the world of measurement technology with VEGA Australia.

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AIMEX returns to Sydney

Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2023 feature a collaborative approach to knowledge-sharing and a strong focus on mining’s contribution to the Australian economy.

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This event will bring together operations, maintenance, engineering, and technology leaders to learn about the industry’s latest innovations and solutions.

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Register now for QME: Back in Mackay and bigger than ever

Queensland’s mining industry has weathered the last two years particularly well, and the scale of this year’s Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) is a strong reflection of the industry’s buoyancy.

As QME returns to Mackay from July 19-21, the industry’s innovation, excellence, and world-class capabilities are again on display.

With a packed roster of over 250 exhibitors, including Hastings Deering, Komatsu, Mastermyne, RYCO Hydraulics, Volvo Penta, ABB Australia and Fulton Hogan, QME is certainly the largest to be held in Mackay for several years.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the biennial event is a highlight on the local calendar and an excellent opportunity to showcase the region’s extensive mining capabilities.

“QME is a barometer of the resources sector’s confidence and operational scale in Queensland – and in 2022, it looks to be the best in nearly a decade,” Williamson said.

“We’re so proud of what QME brings to Mackay and are thrilled to host the exhibition at the Mackay Showgrounds once again.”

Beyond the exhibition floor, QME features a free-to-attend Seminar Series sponsored by Komatsu, live demonstrations and presentations, plus exclusive industry events like the QME Opening Party and the Queensland Mining Awards. Exhibition Director Samantha Martin is excited to see the industry’s engagement with the full QME program.

“QME 2022 is breaking records in so many ways – our outdoor space is set to be nearly 300% larger than QME 2018, and we’ve got exhibitors from all over Queensland and Australia who are so eager to meet with customers face-to-face once again,” Martin said.

The Opening Party on July 19 – hosted by QME in conjunction with the Queensland Resources Council – is expected to attract hundreds of guests and will be sponsored by Hastings Deering.

Hastings Deering chief executive officer Mark Scott said the event will be an unmissable opportunity to network with the people who make things happen in the industry.

“We’re proud to partner with QME once again as they celebrate nearly 3 decades of showcasing the best our industry has to offer. It’s never been more important to connect with our peers, as that’s where true innovation happens,” Scott said.

It’s not just industry suppliers exhibiting at QME – major mining companies can be found in the Mining House Pavilion, including Anglo American, BHP, Bravus Mining & Resources, Glencore, Multicom and Whitehaven Coal.

The Queensland Resources Council is a strong supporter of the event, with QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane saying an expanded QME is an excellent reflection on the sector’s strength over the past few years.

“Mining is one of the top three drivers of the Queensland economy, and the royalties from the sector are essential to Australia’s continued economic growth and jobs,” he said.

“One in every six jobs in the state is supported by the resources sector, and in the last financial year we contributed a record $84.3 billion dollars to the Queensland economy.

“With this in mind, it’s fantastic to see the sector coming together at QME to discuss the next wave of innovation and how we can continue to stay at the leading edge of technology and sustainability for the future.

Anyone participating in or supplying to Queensland’s mining industry is welcome to visit the three-day event. In particular, engineers, management and site personnel will benefit from the program and exhibition.

QME will be held from July 19-21 at the Mackay Showgrounds. To register for free, visit qmeexpo.com.au.

Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow

Newcastle puts on a show for Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow

The Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow was held yesterday in Newcastle with the sun coming out to see many industry professionals come together in person for the first time since COVID-19 struck.

The roadshow explored Harnessing Intelligence: Driving Social Value Through Technology and many industry leaders led insightful talks about relevant topics within that throughout the day.

Hexagon Mining drill and blast vice president James Dampney discussed transforming operations with data-driven decision-making in regard to HxGN MineMeasure.

HxGN MineMeasure improves the drill and blast process by focusing on the incremental improvements needed for elite performance, digitising data for the mechanical delivery of high-value ore before further processing to maximise yield.

It also calculates and analyses the efficiency of each step via a tailored feedback loop to ensure continuous improvement through accuracy and precision.

Dampney has become a passionate advocate for the significant role technology plays for our mining customers, as they strive to achieve their goals around safety, sustainability and productivity.

Newcastle-based Bradken had the head of research and development Reece Attwood discuss the impact mining operation’s digital and sustainability evolution has in shifting Bradken’s manufacturing and service focus.

With Bradken celebrating its 100th birthday on March 20, Attwood discussed the company’s advanced history and ability to adapt to change while operating through many world events.

Building on 100 years of manufacturing expertise, Bradken is embracing continuous improvement and taking a new approach to support their customers in adopting innovative digital mining solutions.

From its traditional manufacturing origins to today’s diversified brand, the transformation continues to support the evolution of the mining industry with Bradken committing to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 – an improvement of the Government’s commitment by 20 years.

The event also saw major miners Yancoal, South32, Anglo American, Glencore, Evolution Mining and BHP talk on a number of topics.

These senior leaders explored the role of innovation in creating sustainable value for mining organisations, with a specific focus on:

  • Australia’s mining technology leadership driving global development
  • Innovation opportunities in mining and related industries
  • Partnering across the value chain to solve key challenges
  • Creating a sustainable industry long into the future

Australian Mining is a proud media partner of the Austmine Mining Innovation Roadshow and thanks Austmine and all the sponsors for putting on the event.

Long-awaited 2021 Prospect Awards winners announced

Roy Hill’s iron ore mine in the Pilbara has taken home Australian Mine of the Year at the 2021 Prospect Awards after the awards night took place in Brisbane on Thursday.  

Yancoal won Coal Mine of the Year for the second year in a row, with the Yarrabee coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin honoured with this year’s gong. Yancoal’s Moolarben coal operation in New South Wales was successful at the 2020 Prospect Awards.  

“It is absolutely amazing to have won this award for the recognition of the last two to three years’ worth of effort,” Yarrabee coal operations manager Chris Shadbolt told Australian Mining at the awards. 

“This is a really good reward for the team on-site, the corporate team for supporting us and the mining industry in general. Yancoal plans to head in the same direction for 2022. The people are first because without them the operation means nothing, so let’s put them first.” 

The Hard Rock Mine of the Year also went to Roy Hill’s iron ore operation while Hancock Prospecting executive chair Gina Rinehart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award   

It comes after Rinehart was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division, as part of the Australia Day 2022 Honours list.  

The mining magnate, who was one of only 25 Australians selected for the honour this year, was recognised for “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives and to sport as a patron”.  

Other 2021 Prospect Award winners included Sandvik, which took home the Indigenous Engagement Award for its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which the company launched in 2020.  

In late 2021, Sandvik released a progress report on the RAP, indicating that 70 per cent of its deliverables were complete or on track to be completed.  

“First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of Sandvik and everyone here to the Australian Mining Prospect Awards for putting on a great event. We are so grateful to be recognised in the category of Indigenous Engagement,” Sandvik community engagement and indigenous participation advisor Melita Hegarty told Australian Mining. 

“Secondly, a huge congratulations to the other finalists iCutter Industries and Atlas Iron. This really is an award where everyone wins as this work is so important to not only the business and First Nation’s businesses, but it’s creating a better Australia for everyone. 

“Finally, thank you to everyone at Sandvik and those who came before me as my role would be nowhere near as easy without your ongoing support and passion for First Nation’s peoples, communities and initiatives.” 

Mader Group was honoured as Contract Miner of the Year, while Geographe took home the Innovative Mining Solution award for its ball stud removal tool (BSRT).   

The BSRT is a hydraulic pressing system designed to safely and efficiently remove ball studs from mining haul trucks.  

Metso Outotec won the Minerals Processing of the Year award for its HIGmill fine grinding solution, which was recognised for its gold recovery capabilities at AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine in Western Australia.   

Fenner Conveyors safety, training and technical general manager Vicki Wust was honoured with the Safety Advocate award, acknowledging the win was not just for her, but the whole Fenner team.  

“It is such an honour to win this award, but it isn’t just for me, but for everyone in the team because we can’t change the safety culture in Fenner if it’s not from the ground up all the way to the director level,” Wust told Australian Mining. 

“The support that everyone has had in order to improve our safety culture has come from a lot of hard work.” 

Mine Manager of the Year went to Yancoal’s Cris Shadbolt, who also recognised the whole team behind the operations.  

“It means a lot to me, I am speechless. It is the recognition for some work, but it is not just me. It has been me and a whole team,” Shadbolt said.  

“That is the most important part. It is recognition for the team, and I am just lucky enough to get the award for it.”

Rounding out the 2021 Prospect Awards, Gold Fields and EDL’s joint Agnew renewable energy project was recognised as the winner of the Excellence in Environmental Management award.

EDL’s owned and operated hybrid renewable microgrid operating is providing Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia 50-60 per cent renewable energy in the long term.

The Excellence in IIOT Application award went to LED lighting company Coolon for its Brilliant Connected lights product, while Yancoal won the gong for Excellence in Mine Safety, OH&S for its Yarrabee Way – Safety Culture Framework, developed by the company’s workers for risk control and understanding.

Coolon LED Lighting’s senior account manager Ben Cooper told Australian Mining this is the recognition of a lot of hard work in a space that the company is not usually renowned for.

“We have manufactured a lot of heavy industrial lighting that’s manufactured in Australia to the highest quality, but we are now pivoting into smart technologies that will leverage us as a light supplier into something that can support our customers infinitely more,” he said.  

Thank you to Prospect Award sponsors National Group, Liebherr, SEW-Eurodrive, Epiroc, Austmine, Flexco, CRC and Vocus for supporting the program.

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting makes most of its money from iron ore, but appears to be diversifying, according to reports.

Women in resources take the final bow

The 2022 Women in Industry finalists have been announced, celebrating the outstanding success achieved by women in traditionally male-dominated industries.

This year’s finalists demonstrate the exceptional value women have brought to the industries in the past 12 months.

Some companies saw multiple nominations within their ranks.

Weir Minerals picked up nods for cyclone specialist Katherine Walton in Business Development Success of the Year, as well as graduate engineer Monique Yap for Rising Star of the Year.

Bosch Australia (two), Norske Skog (two), KPMG (two) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD (four) all scored multiple nominations as well.

Komatsu Mining’s director of strategy and performance Christine Morris has been nominated twice for the Excellence in Mining Award and the Mentor of the Year Award.

Another individual, Transport Women Australia board member Merry Manton, has snagged herself two nominations for the Safety Advocacy Award and Excellence in Transport.

Women in Industry ambassador Rachael Ashfield said the awards give women an opportunity to highlight key aspects and career-defining moments of their many years of success and dedication.

ifm efector’s Rachael Ashfield is the Women in Industry Awards ambassador.

The ifm efector marketing manager became the Women in Industry ambassador following her 2020 nomination for the Business Development Success of the Year category, which she subsequently won.

Ashfield has progressed her career steadily, moving from executive assistant to marketing assistant, and now leading the department.

Ashfield encourages women from across the mining, engineering, transport, waste management, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors to grow themselves professionally.

“I am proud of being the ambassador for the Women in Industry Awards, as it means what I do – and the way I do it – are accurate reflections on what ifm strives to accomplish every day,” Ashfield told Safe to Work.

“I want to wish all the women nominated not only the best of luck but moreover, the recognition, support and help to raise the profile for all these wonderful women in the mining, engineering, manufacturing, process control, commercial road transport industries that can go unnoticed.

“Well done to all those nominated.”

Categories for the 2022 Women in Industry Awards

Social Leader of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Komatsu

“Komatsu’s philosophy is passed down from generation to generation through our principles, strategies and the belief that corporate social responsibility is part of our core business and the value we create,” Komatsu Mining director strategy and performance Christine Morris told Safe to Work.

“In regions across the globe, Komatsu continues to provide products and solutions which address social needs and give back to communities where we do business by leveraging the skills and passion of our people.

“We seek to play an active role in supporting the long-term success of society through sustainable efforts that reach far beyond Komatsu, which is why we have decided to sponsor the Social Leader of the Year category.

“This is our opportunity to recognise the women who are driving change in this category – breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.”


  • Anne Williams – plant operations manager – rail, John Holland
  • Jane Tiller – ethical, legal and social advisor, Monash University
  • Jo Withford – senior project engineer, Transport for NSW
  • Penelope Twemlow – director, KPMG
  • Pranjal Pawar – project manager, Development Victoria

Excellence in Engineering

Proudly sponsored by BAE Systems

“The Women in Industry Awards is a unique platform that recognises and celebrates the achievements of women in engineering in Australia,” BAE Systems Australia engineering director Martin Bartlett told Safe to Work

“BAE Systems is committed to progressing women and addressing gender diversity and balance in the industry. These awards afford us an opportunity to publicly promote our commitment.

“We are delighted to once again sponsor the Excellence in Engineering category in 2022.”


  • Amelinda Ilardi – project manager, ANCA
  • Ashleigh Fulcher – mechanical engineer, Viva Energy Australia
  • Brownyn Evans – chief executive officer, Engineers Australia
  • Narelle Dobson – director special projects, Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD
  • Rachel Barrett – senior verification and validation engineer, Bosch Australia

Excellence in Mining

Proudly sponsored by Weir Minerals

“Weir Minerals is very excited and proud to be supporting the Women in Industry’s Excellence in Mining category, highlighting inspirational female leaders, pioneering initiatives and exceptional talent of today and tomorrow,” the company stated.

“The Women in Industry Awards align with Weir’s own global inclusion and diversity agenda to ensure we develop a culture where everyone’s voice is heard, and where we care for, respect and encourage each other, helping to champion gender equality within our business and our industry.”


  • Carly O’Loughlan – director, Ore Contracting WA
  • Carrie Heaven – superintendent mine services, Glencore
  • Christine Morris – director strategy and performance, Komatsu Mining

Rising Star of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Atlas Copco

“At Atlas Copco, we believe that diversity in business is a critical driver for our long-term success,” the company stated.

“The Women in Industry Awards are a special way in which we can show our commitment to advancing the gender balance in industry.

“As a global company, Atlas Copco recognises the link between diversity and innovation and as we say, ‘there is always a better way’, and contributing to these awards is just one way that we can show that Atlas Copco recognises the talent and achievement of females across our industry.”


  • Deanne Heier – product performance specialist, Norske Skog
  • Isabella Freeman – project manager, RoadTek / Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD
  • Kirstie Looke – crude scheduler, Viva Energy Australia
  • Louisa Jansen – site engineer, Fulton Hogan
  • Monique Yap – graduate engineer, Weir Minerals

Safety Advocacy Award

Proudly sponsored by BOC

“BOC has been proudly supporting the Women in Industry Awards for the past seven years. The awards encourage and recognise the success of women in industries that have traditionally been male-dominated including road transport, logistics, rail and bulk handling, infrastructure, mining and engineering,” the company stated.

“The calibre of nominees and winners each year demonstrates considerable leadership and commitment to their various sectors and aligns with BOC’s focus on the pursuit of excellence in industry.

BOC believes the awards are an important event, and it’s critical companies continue to support the participation of women in industry and shine the light on the women who are true role models in leadership.”


  • Ainsley Fish – project systems representative, RoadTek/Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD
  • Grace Kube – graduate process engineer, Norske Skog
  • Merry Manton – board member, Transport Women Australia
  • Sabrina Sequeria – project engineer, Lighting Protection International
  • Stephanie O’Dwyer – manager health, wellbeing and innovation, BlueScope Steel

Industry Advocacy Award


  • Gina Rinehart – executive chairman, Hancock Prospecting
  • Hermione Parsons – director, Deakin University Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Jo Sainsbury – director, Kickass Women
  • Kylie Ward – Asia Pacific HR director, Stantec
  • Megan McCracken – chair, NAWO

Business Development Success of the Year


  • Katherine Walton – cyclone specialist, Weir Minerals
  • Kylie Hollonds – managing director, GF Oats Australia
  • Lacey Webb – founder and director, Resource Hub
  • Louise Johnson – scientific specialist, BOC
  • Puneeta Chellaramani – director, KPMG Australia
Komatsu Mining’s Christine Morris is nominated for two different awards.

Mentor of the Year


  • Angela Wiggins – chief counsel, BAE Systems Australia
  • Christine Morris – director strategy and performance, Komatsu Mining
  • Kylie Fraser – president of consumer and healthcare group, Linfox
  • Larissa Rose – director consultant, Glowing Green Australia
  • Lidia Trehane – software engineering manager, Bosch Australia

Excellence in Transport


  • Catherine Baxter – chief operating officer, Metro Trains
  • Heather Jones – director, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls
  • Kirstyn Glass – rail operations consultant, Trapeze Group Asia Pacific
  • Merry Manton – board member, Transport Women Australia
  • Penny Ford – executive director (transport planning services), Department of Transport and Main Roads, QLD

Excellence in Manufacturing


  • Cori Stewart – chief executive officer, ARM Hub
  • Heidi Bergman – director of manufacturing sciences and technology, Seqirus
  • Julie Jones – general counsel and company secretary, Matrix Composites and Engineering
  • Noelle Parlier – chief engineer, PACCAR Australia
  • Sabrina Sequeria – project engineer, Lighting Protection International
  • Shay Chalmers – director, Strategic Engineering Australia

This article also appears in the April issue of Australian Mining.

AOG Energy 2023: Reconnecting the global Industry

Returning to Perth March 15-17 2023, AOG Energy will be a hub of industry professionals ready to collaborate and discover opportunity as the global supply chain reunites.

With a renewed focus on the energy transition, the 2023 trade exhibition will be a true celebration as the industry comes together to stimulate business growth.

Operating for over 40 years, AOG Energy has firmly established itself as a leading platform within the oil, gas and energy industry.


The exhibition floor will host industry leaders, suppliers and innovators, including major operators, from various parts of the industry such as subsea and marine, clean energy, drilling and completions, health and safety and more.

Exhibitors will showcase their products and services across several specialised zones as well as a platform for the wider oil, gas and energy portfolio.

Get Involved

Stand bookings are now available for 2023. To find out more about exhibiting at AOG Energy, information can be found here.

AOG Energy 2023 will be THE platform for businesses to align with leaders and be part of the industry event that drives change.

AOG Energy – March 15-17 2023, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit: aogexpo.com.au.

Prospect Awards finalists exhibit mining’s best

Finalists for the 2021 Australian Mining Prospect Awards are now locked in with the top mines, as well as the best and brightest in safety, minerals processing and more on show.

The Prospect Awards is a must-see event that showcases the best innovations and projects developed by mining and METS (mining equipment, technology and services) companies, ensuring outstanding individual and team performances are recognised.

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 awards show will go ahead, albeit on March 17, 2022, at The Greek Club in Brisbane.

Prospect Awards events manager Lauren Winterbottom thanks each of the talented individuals and organisations that submitted an application.

“Each finalist reflects the innovative prowess of Australia’s mining industry and the potential it exhibits in the face of adversity and global transformation,” Winterbottom says.

Coal Mine of the Year – sponsored by SEW-EURODRIVE

This award recognises a coal mine that is performing well or has carried out an innovative project or program like last year’s winners, the Moolarben operation in New South Wales. 

The finalists are the Kestrel coal mine, owned by Kestrel Coal Resources, and Yancoal’s Yarrabee coal mine, both in Queensland. 

Kestrel has been recognised for its hard work and high-performing teams who have made the operation one of Australia’s highest producing underground longwall coal mines.

The mine produced 3.45 million tonnes of coal for the first half of 2021 before it managed to complete a longwall move in less than 23 days from July to August. 

Yancoal has been recognised for its new cultural framework, said to have influenced every area of its improved performance in 2021. 

During 2020-2021, Yarrabee broke all previous monthly and quarterly records for drilling and explosives loaded. 

It also became the first mine in Australia to implement the new Hitachi 800 tonne excavator, the EX8000-7. 

Contract Miner of the Year – sponsored by Epiroc

This award recognises excellence in contract mining, engineering, projects and services.

For the second year in a row, Mader Group is a finalist, alongside newcomer MEC Mining.  

Mader Group has grown from a one-man business in 2005 to an ASX-listed firm that had a market capitalisation of $226 million in September 2021. 

It provides specialist maintenance support for heavy mobile equipment and fixed infrastructure in mining and civil industries. Its value on the ASX increased by more than 20 per cent in the 2021 financial year. 

MEC Mining’s Productive Solutions offer holistic consultation to clients whose challenges have been compounded by the pandemic, and by the volatility of a sector facing increasing scrutiny of environmental and safety practices. 

In early 2020, MEC was approached by an ASX-listed mining multi-national publicly committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions associated with its on-site activities.

MEC has continued to aid in the development of these goals, conducting a wide-reaching assessment of operations to develop five rigorous scenarios, from FY21 to FY70.

Hard Rock Mine of the Year – sponsored by Epiroc 

This award turns the focus on hard rock mining and the businesses performing well or undertaking innovation projects to better themselves and the industry. 

New Century Resources is a finalist for two awards this year, the first of which sees its Century zinc mine up for Hard Rock Mine of the Year. 

Century had a transition to an owner-operator model, which saw teams take on initiatives in water saving through hydraulic mining and concentrate loading in the Gulf of Carpentaria. 

The Roy Hill iron ore mine has been selected after it delivered a record equivalent annual run rate of 60 million tonnes in the June quarter of 2021. 

This was despite a range of restrictions that hampered the wider industry, including inclement weather, COVID-19 restrictions and a skills shortage. 

New programs at Roy Hill included a new autonomous haulage system, a new crusher and overland conveyor system, and the continuation of the award-winning Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separator (WHIMS). 

Indigenous Engagement Award

The Indigenous Engagement Award, for which finalists are selected based on significant collaboration with Aboriginal-owned businesses, continues to increase in recognition. 

Finalists in 2021 include Atlas Iron, iCutter Industries and Sandvik.

Atlas Iron attracted plenty of attention for its record-breaking contract to Indigenous business East-West Pilbara (EWP) for load and haul, and drill and blast services for the new Miralga Creek mine in Western Australia. 

The Hancock Prospecting subsidiary saw EWP as the best choice for the job as it is directly connected to the Traditional Owners of the land on which Miralga Creek will operate, the Nyamal people. 

iCutter is an Australian owned and operated Indigenous business in the drill and blast sector, based in Mackay, Queensland. 

Through BHP’s Local Buying Program, iCutter has worked with the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and takes discarded drilling tools for refurbishment. If refurbishment is not possible, iCutter sustainably repurposes or recycles the discarded tools.

Sandvik has launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which contains almost 100 key actions across pillars of respect, relationships, opportunities and governance in working with Australia’s Indigenous communities. 

One action was to investigate opportunities to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders into the Sandvik supply chain and this welcomed partnerships with Yakeen Safety, Geared Up Culcha and Mirri Mirri Productions. 

Mine Manager of the Year – sponsored by CRC

This award takes a closer look at the individuals driving the success of Australia’s leading mining operations. 

Finalists hail from mining giants Glencore and Yancoal. 

Glencore mine services superintendent at the McArthur River coal mine, Carrie Heaven, has risen through the ranks since she entered the industry as a geotechnical engineer in 2011. 

Since working at McArthur River, Heaven has vastly improved the operation’s female bathroom facilities, established a mining engineer cadetship program and an Indigenous employment program.

Outside of the mine, Heaven has advocated for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and lectured at the University of Tasmania where her career began. 

Yancoal’s Cris Shadbolt joined the company three years ago as the mining manager and quickly earned his way to becoming the operations manager at Yarrabee coal mine. 

Shadbolt has helped to implement a program at the mine called the Yarrabee Way, which looks to improve people, safety and proficiency. 

Minerals Processing of the Year

This award recognises a mine, company or project that has developed or carried out an innovative or unique minerals processing program that increased efficiency, productivity or safety. 

Lynas Rare Earths has been named a finalist in recognition of its work optimising the milling and flotation circuit at its Mt Weld site in Western Australia. 

The project differs from others across the industry due to the flotation of phosphate minerals compared with sulphide minerals in gold and base metals mineral processing plants. 

The new processing flowsheet and reagent addition significantly reduced the flotation circuit heating requirements which resulted in a 19 per cent reduction per year in diesel use to heat the boiler. 

New Century Resources received its second finalist in minerals processing for the commissioning of its Jameson cell at the Century mine. 

The company worked with Mineralis Consultants to effectively implement the Jameson cell circuit upgrade to achieve recovery grades of 50 to 54 per cent. 

Metso Outotec is also recognised for its work increasing gold recovery at AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine. 

This was achieved using six TC200 TankCell flotation units, one 14-metre-high rate thickener and one HIGmill – the HIG3500/23000. 

Safety Advocate of the Year – sponsored by Flexco

As regulations hone in on weaknesses in health and safety, this award looms as an important one to win. 

Boom Logistics, Fenner Dunlop, Mitchell Services and Lyons Air Conditioning Services have all been recognised for their contribution to worker health and safety this year. 

Boom Logistics is Australia’s largest national crane and lifting company and therefore has a significant responsibility to maintain safety across the business. 

Thanks to its Safe Act Observations principle, the company more than doubled its annual safety observations from 2019 to 2021 while reducing its total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) from 8.6 to 5.1.

Fenner Dunlop has implemented a list of safety initiatives in its pursuit of total safety for its employees, thanks to general manager of safety, training and technical Vicki Wust. 

These included a mechanical advanced course, a collaboration with SafetyCircle, centralised training records and a relaunch of its Trust Yet Verify program. 

Lyons has partnered with a US-based company which leads the cabin filtration space and has literally helped to set the standard on cabin filtration. 

The ISO23875 cabin filtration standard is being rolled out across Australia, thanks to Lyons’ help, and companies like Rio Tinto, Epiroc and McMahons are looking to keep up to date with it. 

Mitchell Services has implemented its frontline-driven fatal risk management initiative. By engaging with on-site operators, Mitchell has improved the operators’ understanding of critical risks on the job with a bottom-up approach to health and safety. 

In the 12 months since commencing implementation, there has been more than 1000 inspections incorporating more than 22,000 verifications of individual critical controls.  

Excellence in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Application

The Excellence in IIoT Application award highlights an outstanding implementation of IIoT that enhances mining and minerals processing. 

Finalists for this forward-thinking award include Fenner Dunlop, Flexco, Coolon and Pitcrew AI.

Fenner Dunlop has been recognised for its iBelt solution, which transforms conveyor maintenance processes to monitor, plan and access predictions in real-time both on and off site to boost productivity. 

Flexco has put forward its Elevate i3 Device, which acts as a wireless platform that can transfer real-time data remotely from an intuitive digital dashboard. It has been specifically designed for belt cleaner performance in heavy-duty operations such as mining.

LED lighting company Coolon received a finalist nod for its Coolon Brilliant Connected lights product, which contain smart wireless networking nodes that automatically create a wireless mesh network to enable IIoT services to operate.

Pitcrew AI has been recognised for its Autonomous OTR Tyre inspection product, which is a solar powered solution that inspects damage to OTR tyres that are seen on many mining vehicles without human intervention.

Excellence in Environmental Management

The Excellence in Environmental Management award recognises a mine, company or project that has carried out a forward-thinking environmentally focussed program.

This year’s finalists include Gold Fields, Yancoal, Geoimage and SoilCyclers.

Gold Fields submitted its Agnew hybrid renewable project for its ability to deliver 50 to 60 per cent clean energy with 99.99 per cent reliability, setting a global benchmark for renewable energy in mining. 

Coal miner Yancoal has received a finalist position for its rehabilitation of the Premier Coal operation in Western Australia into Lake Kepwari.

Geoimage’s groundWATCH digital application has also been recognised for its ability to allow systematic viewing of ground changes.

SoilCyclers has achieved finalist status for its Recycling Overburden and Mine Void Water collaboration, which was successful in rehabilitating Idemitsu’s Ensham coal mine in Queensland.

Excellence in Mine Safety, OH&S – sponsored by Vocus

Safety is a crucial factor at any mine site and is highlighted by the Excellence in Mine Safety, OH&S award, which is awarded to a mine, company or project that has increased safety, removed risk or reduced worker issues.

This year’s finalists are Yancoal, Road Safe Moranbah, Mitchell Services and Mader Group.

Yancoal will compete for the award with its Yarrabee Way – Safety Culture Framework, which is developed by the company’s workers to understand and control its risks. 

Road Safe Moranbah has been recognised for its ability to target community safety following a fatal crash on the Peak Downs Highway. It also focusses on data collection for the Sunshine Coast University to drive further safety research. 

Mitchell Services submitted its Frontline-driven Fatal Risk Management, which has developed and implemented a critical risk management system that is focussed on workforce-led critical thinking and innovation.

Mader Group is recognised as a finalist for its Improving Fleet Safety program, which involved the adoption of an in-vehicle monitoring system that provides live tracking of drivers.

Innovative Mining Solution – sponsored by Austmine

The Innovative Mining solution award recognises a mine, company or project that has developed a unique mining solution for the industry. 

Finalists for the award comprise Aggreko, Geographe, newGenGroup and Technofast Industries. 

Aggreko’s Aggreko Virtual Gas Power Plants has been put forward for developing the first mining power station that includes the application of gas generators and a virtual pipeline of LNG to power an underground mining operation which reduces diesel power. 

Geographe has also demonstrated innovation through its Geographe Ball Stud Removal Tool, which is a safer, faster and quieter method of removing ball studs from heavy equipment to save significant labour costs.

newGenGroup has received a finalist position for its ArmourGRAPH solution, which uses graphene nano-platelets to enhance wear materials through areas including abrasion resistance and tear strength.

Technofast Industries has submitted its Technofast EziTite Hydraulic Head Nut for the award, which replaces solid mechanical nuts of gyratory rock and ore crushers to enhance safety cut downtime and provide easy installation. 

Thank you to Prospect Award sponsors National Group, Liebherr, SEW-Eurodrive, Epiroc, Austmine, Flexco, CRC and Vocus for supporting the program. 

Thank you to Prospect Award sponsors National Group, Liebherr, SEW-Eurodrive, Epiroc, Austmine, Flexco, CRC and Vocus for supporting the program. 

Tickets for the evening are now available online at www.prospectawards.com.au

This event will bring together operations, maintenance, engineering, and technology leaders to learn about the industry’s latest innovations and solutions.

AOG Energy expo cancelled in 2022

AOG Energy has decided to cancel its 2022 conference due to obstacles presented by international travel and domestic COVID-19 restrictions.

AOG has been recognised as the premier Australasian oil, gas and energy event, bringing together the entire supply chain from across Australia and the globe.

The organisation recently surveyed its audience, speaking to key exhibitors and consulted with industry committees on their objectives for AOG Energy 2022.

The results demonstrated that while there is an appetite for local connection, it is abundantly clear that there is a stronger desire for this to happen at the large global scale the industry is accustomed to.

AOG outlined its desire to delivering the event annually, but conceded that 2022 will continue to present its challenges in connecting the market at scale.

“We want to do the best by you and reunite the industry at the right time, therefore have made the difficult decision to cancel AOG Energy for 2022,” AOG stated.

“We look forward to bringing the industry back for a true celebration of what the Australasian oil, gas and energy market has to offer and to continue to innovate towards a clean energy future.”

The next edition will next take place on March 15-17 2023 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Although this is a decision we have not made lightly, we are humbled by the support we have received from our exhibitors, partners, sponsors, speakers, suppliers and the general community,” AOG stated.

“We will continue to talk to the market and look for bespoke networking opportunities to potentially reconnect later in 2022 (stay tuned!).”