The AMEC Awards Dinner was held on September 4 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and for the first year incorporated the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame inductees. The awards dinner proved a great way to finish off the AMEC Convention, extending the buzz that surrounded the event.

Babs McHugh from ABC Radio presented the evening and a string quartet from the Western Australian Youth Orchestra played throughout the evening.

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) president and Encounter Resources’ managing director Will Robinson opened the evening by thanking those who have contributed to the mining and exploration industry.

Several awards were presented including AMEC Media Awards, the AMEC Prospector Award and the Australian Prospectors & Miners’ Hall of Fame Inductees.

The AMEC Prospector Award for individual endeavour in the field of mineral exploration was first presented by AMEC in 1993. It is given to the individual/s who made the most outstanding mineral deposit discovery within recent years. The award is made in recognition of the discovery itself, as well as the individual/s that discovered it, rather than the company.

The winner for the 2013 Prospector Award was Mark Bennet for the Nova and Bollinger discoveries in Western Australia. This discovery is the most significant discovery in Australia for many years and is probably the best nickel discovery since Voiseys Bay in Canada about 20 years ago. The Nova and Bollinger discoveries have redefined the prospectively and geology of Western Australia and destroyed the myth that Australia is a mature over-explored area that does not have the potential for major new discoveries.

The AMEC Media Awards recognize excellence in journalism covering the Australian mineral exploration and mining industry. The winners were:

  • Joe Keeling Award - Nick Sas of The West Australian, for a series of articles – ‘Nuclear pull is debatable’ featured in The West Australian on January 14, 2013, and ‘Hopes rest on heavily discounted raising’ featured in The West Australian on February 20. Print Journalism (Magazine) Award - Ron Berryman of Aspermont for his series on Australian Mining Towns published in the April, May and June 2013 editions of Australia’s Mining Monthly magazine.
  • Print Journalism (Newspaper) Award - Luke Forrestal of the Australian Financial Review for his article ‘Sirius’ star may be super-Nova’ featured in the Australian Financial Review on January 2. While there was only one winner, an honorary mention was made to Jarrod Lucas of the Kalgoorlie Miner for his article ‘Mining boss laments loss of productivity’ in the May 2013, ‘Celebration of Mining’ special edition in the Kalgoorlie Miner.
  • Electronic Media Award - Kristie Batten of Aspermont for a series of online articles published on miningnewpremium.net ‘Iron ore’s fall from grace’ published December 18, 2012; ‘New normal for gold reporting’ published January 16; ‘Sirius the dazzling star of 2012’ published December 20.

Each year, the Australian Prospectors & Miners’ Hall of Fame seeks nominations for induction by any person to recognize lasting greatness and promote greater awareness of the contributions of an exceptional few to Australian mining history. The induction process also provides a real opportunity to promote the very significant contribution the Australian mineral industry makes to Australian society.

This year, the event inducted two worthy individuals into the Mining Hall of Fame. Professor Odwyn Jones AO was inducted in to the category of Educators for his commitment to education, research and international trade with the Western Australian School of Mines. Kenneth Talbot was inducted in to the category of Entrepreneurs and Promoters for his business leadership in mining spanning over 30 years.

The Board also extended its gratitude to previous chairman Peter Jones AM and George Cash AM for their outstanding contribution in supporting the Australian Prospectors & Miners’ Hall of Fame during its period of transition.

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