Award nominations open for mining industry contribution

Posted March 18, 2015

Tony Caruso Headshot


Resource Industry Network is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievements of companies servicing the mining sector over the last twelve months.

The resources services business community will come together on Friday 22nd May to honour the sector’s top performing companies and individuals at a Gala Awards Presentation.

Resource Industry Network Chairman, Tony Caruso, said the awards program offered an opportunity to recognise excellence in business and the significant contribution that those businesses make to regional economies and communities as well as the whole state.

“The awards program provides a means by which outstanding performance can be revealed, acknowledged and celebrated by the whole sector. Queensland and our region in particular, are at the forefront of innovation in the services sector and there is much to celebrate.

“I encourage all businesses to bring their team along and join in a fun night with their peers as we applaud everything that has been achieved,” he said.

Mr Caruso said the addition of KPMG as major sponsor of the awards brought more prestige to the event and Resource Industry Network was grateful for their support.

KPMG Partner Matthew Gray said KPMG was pleased to partner with the Resource Industry Network as the major sponsor of the 2015 Chairman’s Awards.

“Through our ongoing discussions with clients and businesses across Mackay, I’m continually impressed by the innovation and resilience of the business community.  In today’s market, I’m seeing owners and managers transform their businesses by making tough decisions to drive profitability and growth.

“For KPMG Australia, it was an easy decision to partner with RIN as the major sponsor for the Chairman’s Awards. We’re keen to recognise the many great examples of resilience, innovation and industry commitment.  I encourage all businesses to consider nominating for their business, for a key supplier’s business, or for any business which demonstrates the attributes which continue to make the Mackay region the outstanding contributor that it is.”

The awards are open to any business operating in the resource service sector throughout Queensland. To find out more, or to nominate in a category visit  Nominations close April 20th.

The Black Tie evening will be held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. Tickets are $150 for members and $175 for non-members and include a 3 course meal and drinks. Register at

Media Contact: Kelley Porter 0411 113 703

Award Categories

The Safety Foremost Award – Sponsored by Ergon Energy

Awarded to an organisation that can demonstrate a sustained safety performance and/or culture in a workplace.

 Leading from the Front Award

Awarded to the organisation that best demonstrates how they successfully engaged with their employees to deliver a better outcome for their people or their business.

 Connecting in the Community Award

Awarded to the organisation that best demonstrates how they successfully engaged with the community or external stakeholders.

The Chasing Foreign Markets Award  - Sponsored by Mackay Regional Council

Awarded to an organisation that demonstrates the most initiative or success in taking a product or service to the export market or using foreign markets or supply chains to improve their business outcomes here domestically.

The Out of the Box Award

Awarded to an organisation that has demonstrated the most initiative in seeking out new opportunities for their business either through innovation in new products or services, diversification into new markets, or adapted to meet the current environment.

Standing out from the Crowd Award

Awarded to that one outstanding individual working in your business who has demonstrated commitment and dedication and resilience in current market conditions.

The Tony Britton Award

Awarded to a person who demonstrates dedication, enthusiasm and support for the wider resource services sector, outside of their own business interests.

This category will be run each year at the discretion of the Resource Industry Network board.


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