The NSW Mining Industry and Suppliers Awards recognise excellence within the NSW mining industry and mining supply chain and this year’s winners exemplify the best of our industry.

Young Achiever: Nicholas Sainty – Drill and Blast Superintendent, Peabody, Wambo Coal Mine

Nicholas’ cast/doze project helped improved Wambo’s efficiency and profitability, making it the lowest cost-per-unit mine in Peabody’s Australian platform. When Peabody faced difficulties internationally, Nicholas saw the psychological toll on his colleagues and how it was impacting their professional lives. Nicholas rallied his workmates, providing constant support and feedback, contributing to the resilience of Peabody in the NSW mining sector.

Outstanding Supplier – Hitachi Construction Machinery

Hitachi has been a leading global manufacturer of mining equipment for over 60 years and is dedicated to quality engineering, design and reliability and a collaborative approach with customers. Hitachi has been using this success to support the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, to purchase life-saving medical equipment for children’s hospitals across Australia and purchasing carbon credits which go towards domestic biodiversity reforestation. 

Mining Operation of the Year – Peabody, Wambo Coal Mine

In its 50thyear, Wambo has both open-cut and underground operations and has led the way in achieving more cost-per-unit-moved than all of Peabody’s other mines. Wambo puts this down to its focus on achieving a positive and supportive management team which encourages its workers to use their initiative, providing them with a sense of purpose. In 2018, Wambo spent $68.5 million with 194 local businesses and paid $52.7 million to 390 employees who shop in and around Singleton. Women make up 40 percent of all new-to-industry appointments, showing that they are serious about making changes in workplace culture. 

Outstanding Contribution to Mining – Mick Buffer, Glencore

Mick has 35 years’ experience in the coal mining industry in Australia and holds numerous titles including Director and Deputy Chairman of NSW Minerals Council, Ministerial appointee to the NSW Coal Innovation Council. Director of ACALET (ACA Low Emission Technologies Ltd), Australian National Low Emissions Coal (ANLEC) R&D Limited and CO2CRC. He is also the Chairman of the World Coal Association, an Associate of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board and a peer reviewer of the IEA World Energy Outlook. Mick has been with Glencore since 2001 and is the Group Executive for Sustainable Development and Industry Relations.