The third Queensland Mining Awards have officially launched today at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s November luncheon, following a key partnership announcement with the QRC earlier this week.
The 2018 Awards will take a step up in prestige, with the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) to co-host the event with the Bowen Basin Mining Club during next year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME).
As the QRC comes on board, the Awards will change from the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards to simply the Queensland Mining Awards. BBMC Director Jodie Currie says this change symbolises increasing industry unity and a focus on collaboration.
“Industry response to the Awards has always been supportive, but this year with the Queensland Resources Council’s partnership, we are hoping to make the Awards the ‘night of nights’ for the Queensland mining industry.”
“Our sector can be full of ups and downs, so it’s important to take time to recognise our successes, and promote the great work that contractors, suppliers and producers are consistently generating,” said Ms Currie.
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane believes the new partnership, as well as the name change, will open the door for mining producers to participate in the Awards.
“The Bowen Basin Mining Club has done terrific work in establishing the Awards, and the QRC is proud to join in hosting the 2018 Awards to celebrate the sector that contributes 1 in 8 jobs for Queensland, and $55.1 billion to the state’s economy,” said Mr Macfarlane.
In the 2018 Awards, contractors and suppliers will be able to enter categories recognising cost and time-saving outcomes, the innovation they bring to mining, production and exploration companies, and in a first for the Awards, recognition of safety outcomes.
Producers will also be able to enter the 2018 Awards, nominating themselves for collaborative efforts within the industry when partnering with a supplier or contractor to improve efficiencies and save costs.
One contractor or supplier will be recognised by the independent judging panel as the Mining Contractor of the Year for outstanding overall performance.
Projects delivered in Queensland between April 2016 and December 2017 will be eligible for entry to the Awards. Company size and project scope is not a limiting factor, as the Awards aim to recognise and reward the full spectrum of businesses within the Queensland mining industry.
Winners will be announced at the Queensland Mining Awards Gala Presentation Dinner in July 2018, with a panel of industry judges presenting peer-reviewed feedback and accolades.
The Awards are also partnered by REEDMININGEVENTS and Mackay Regional Council.
Award Entries will open on Monday January 15, 2018, with more details about entry requirements available at www.bbminingclub.com/QMA2018.