The prestigious Digger Award was given at last night’s Diggers & Dealers Dinner to Canadian-domiciled Kirkland Lake Gold for its transformation of the Fosterville gold mine in Victoria.
While treating less ore in the last reported 12 months period it was able to increase gold output by 70%.Kirkland has also been able to increase reserves 210% to 1.03 million ounces.
The Dealer Award went to Kidman Resources which has a lithium joint venture in Chile with the large SQM group. This deal has seen Kidman’s market capitalisation increase dramatically in the last year to $A600 M in May and reaching almost $A1 billion since.
The Geoff Stokes Memorial Award went to well-known goldfields identity Ron Sayers who has just stepped down from the Ausdrill group that now operates around the world. He has also supported several mining company initiatives.
The Emerging Company Award went to Metro Mining which has developed a bauxite mining and exporting business to China that operates in the dry season on the remote Cape York of Queensland. The company has trained and uses local Aborigines in its operation.
The Media Award went to Stuart McKinnon, senior resource writer for The West Australian, while the Ray Finlayson Medal for leadership and academic excellence went to Victoria Arrowsmith, who graduated with honours in metallurgical engineering at the WA School of Mines, and was now working for Novo Resources.