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 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.


The APPEA Conference and Exhibition returns in May

As the key event for Australia’s energy industry, the APPEA Conference and Exhibition plays a major role in influencing debate and decisions, providing thought leadership and challenging the status quo.

The event also facilitates real collaboration between industry members, and advocates for the issues that matter to industry, governments and the community.

In 2022, the APPEA Conference and Exhibition will be a hybrid event, so if you are unable to attend the event in person, you won’t miss out – you can attend this event virtually – no matter where you are in the world.

The conference and exhibition are open only to paid delegates and invited guests (it is not open to the general public), ensuring the people you meet are the people you need to meet—other oil and gas industry professionals.

The conference will highlight and discuss the important issues and challenges of upstream petroleum exploration and development on a national and international level. The conference program includes international keynote presentations, case study presentations, updates and panel discussions.

In addition, a full business and technical program, including more than 100 papers and presentations, will be delivered throughout the conference.

The APPEA Conference and Exhibition delivers a unique combination of information-sharing, business and networking opportunities with the best known and respected brands in the oil and gas industry.

The 2022 APPEA Conference and Exhibition takes place from May 16-19. Visit www.appeaconference.com.au for more information.

IMARC unites the investment community

Where global mining leaders connect with technology, finance and the future, IMARC is shaping up as a must-attend event for the industry in early 2022. 

As the leading international event series connecting sophisticated investors from around the world with mining company management teams both online and in person. 

Mines and Money will leverage off the scale of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) and bring its unrivalled network of thousands of investors in-person to Melbourne, and online for those that cannot attend in-person.

Being co-located alongside Australia’s largest mining event, will not only put mining companies in front of the hundreds of investors that attend Mines and Money events, but will also reach thousands of private investors, with the event expecting upwards of 8000 attendees.

Mines and Money @IMARC provides an excellent opportunity to identify and compare new investments. 

With professional investors meeting exciting explorers on the cusp of the next big discovery, near-production development companies and cash generative producers to discuss their next big mining investment. 

Gain insights into commodity trends that will guide your investments

Gold, silver, copper and battery metals are just some of the commodities you can expect to hear about from some of the greatest leaders in mining, investment and finance with more than 250 mining and resource experts providing the latest market commentary, project updates and insights into current commodity trends that can shape investment strategy. 

Connect with senior management of mining companies

More than 800 mining and energy companies are expected to attend the event. From diversified majors such as BHP, Rio Tinto and South32; to gold mid-tiers including OceanaGold and Evolution Mining; through to some of the most compelling exploration and development companies such as Multicom Resources and Wiluna Mining.

You will be able to assess and compare a range of companies from around the globe, across the commodity spectrum and at all stages of the life cycle by connecting with the senior management of mining companies directly on the expo floor.

Hundreds of networking opportunities

Whether you’re looking for private equity, or private investors, there will be ample opportunity for you to meet thousands of decision makers, mining leaders, investors and financiers with more than 70 hours of networking opportunities.

Our bespoke AI-driven matchmaking platform pre-qualifies your investment needs and gives you the power to search investors by type, commodities, project stages, regions and stock exchanges of interest.

Enabling you to identify the right investors for your projects so you can schedule lucrative meetings, leading to more deals and opportunities.

In-person and online

As a hybrid event, you can expect more meetings, more connections and to meet more international investors than ever before.

The hybrid event will welcome Australian attendees in-person to Melbourne, and international attendees from more than 130 countries online from January 31 – February 2, 2022.

Claim your complimentary investor pass at minesandmoney.com/imarc. Not an investor? Not to worry – receive 10 per cent off delegate passes by registering with the discount code AUSRI. 


Listen to insights from some of the greatest leaders in mining, including:  

  • Johan van Jaarsveld, chief development officer, BHP 
  • Sandeep Biswas, managing director & chief executive officer, Newcrest Mining 
  • Wendy Holdenson, chief operating officer, Mitsui & Co (Australia) 
  • Troy Hey, executive general manager – corporate relations, MMG 
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, chief executive officer, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) 
  • James Agar, group procurement officer, BHP 
  • Mark Cutifani, chief executive officer, Anglo American 
  • Lisa Ali, chief people & sustainability officer, Newcrest Mining 
  • Rt The Hon. Helen Clark, chair, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) 
  • Ian Hamm, chair, First Nations Foundation 
  • Tom Palmer, president & chief executive officer, Newmont 
  • Chris Griffith, chief executive officer, Gold Fields 
  • Joanne Woo, global VP, division head of marketing & communications, ABB 
  • Tony Makuch, president & chief executive officer, Kirkland Lake Gold 
  • Michael Nossal, chair, IGO 
  • Robyn Dittrich, VP, procurement – technology, communities & enterprise, BHP. 


Webinar: Unlocking efficient and productive growth in mining

Thursday 9 December, 3:00pm – 3:45pm AEDT

Join Austmine and Salesforce for an exclusive conversation about digital transformation with Craig Walker, former chief information officer (CIO) of Shell.

With 30+ years of global business experience, Craig understands the modern challenges of a CIO.

He will explore the impact of digital innovation in the mining industry and how it is transforming the way organisations operate, reflecting on how he unlocked efficiency, gained productivity and minimised risk on a global scale.

Craig will also explore the opportunity to mine your data, providing insights into how to extract value and operationalise your data properly, to avoid leaving value on the table.

This is a chance to explore and discuss recent innovations and technological developments that Salesforce can offer, focusing on changing the workforce, artificial intelligence & connectivity, and digital transformation.


This webinar is free to attend. Login to the self-service portal to register. For assistance, please contact membership@austmine.com.au.


Craig Walker – Salesforce senior vice president and strategic advisor in the office of chief executive officer.

Craig joined Salesforce from Shell where he has 32 years of oil and gas experience with key assignments in all regions, and in both upstream and downstream.

As a global CIO of one of Salesforce’s largest customers, he has a deep understanding of the challenges that face a modern CIO.

At Shell, he was responsible for the Salesforce executive relationship, and he trailblazed the setup of a global internal Salesforce Centre of Competence with 200+ people to drive the adoption and phenomenal growth of Salesforce solutions within all areas of Shell’s businesses, while significantly reducing IT operating costs.

Craig spent the last 15 years as a global CIO transforming the trading, supply, and downstream businesses (trading and supply, shipping, manufacturing, chemicals, B2B, and B2C).

Craig also served for six years as an associate partner in KPMG Consulting.

Australian Mining Prospect Awards

The Prospect Awards will return to in-person proceedings this year, after pandemic restrictions hampered the event in 2020. The Prospects are the most esteemed and prestigious awards in the Australian mining and minerals processing industry.

Since 2004, the Australian Mining Prospect Awards have been the only national awards program to stop, take a look at what the mining industry is doing, and reward those who are excelling and going above and beyond, recognising and rewarding innovation.

Nominations for the awards are free and must be submitted by August 20 to recognise companies and sites from across Australia.

Join us for an evening of celebration as we acknowledge the collective success of the industry.