​It has been a rewarding year for our North Queensland operations, with the business and our employees achieving some outstanding results in a number of categories across several prominent industry awards.

Darryl Parker, Supply Superintendent George Fisher Mine (GFM) and Remote Stores was Runner Up in the Exceptional Indigenous Person in Queensland category of the QRC Indigenous Awards held in Brisbane on 27 May

Darryl's career spans 35 years at Mount Isa Mines. From his early beginnings with the company, working on the floor of the Lead Smelter Furnace, he has successfully progressed through the ranks to the management role he holds today.

Huw Werrett, Manager Supply says Darryl has championed many projects over the years that have streamlined processes and improved business continuity at Mount Isa Mines.

 "Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate key players in our organisation and I congratulate Darryl for his well-deserved achievement at the QRC Indigenous Awards," Huw says.

On 12 July this year, Mount Isa Mines was commended for its dedication and commitment to developing and fostering the capacity of its workforce taking out the regional crown for Large Employer of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards final held in Townsville.

We went on to represent North Queensland at the state title in Brisbane coming up against six tough Queensland contenders but unfortunately missed going through to the nationals.

Another of our high performing employees Christopher Crisp, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Ernest Henry Mining was one of four finalists in the distinguished Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year category of the Queensland Training Awards (QTA) North Queensland regional final.

Christopher says it was a privilege to be nominated for the award and enjoyed the overall experience of the awards process.

"It was great to represent Ernest Henry Mining as a finalist at the awards ceremony and to share the experience with my family who came along to celebrate the night with me," Christopher says.

At a local level, our apprentices were in the limelight at TAFE Queensland's Mount Isa Trade Excellence Awards held on 5 September.

Leanne Ryder, Manager Human Resources and Training, North Queensland Copper Assets says the TAFE awards highlighted the success of our Apprenticeship Program with 19 apprentices across Mount Isa Mines' Copper and Zinc businesses and Ernest Henry Mining competing as finalists alongside fellow apprentices from other local organisations.

"A great effort from our apprentices who took out four of the eight categories. Carl Rogers-Page, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trade Student of the Year; Bonnie Anderson, Female Trade Student of the Year; Chris Swan, Automotive and Diesel Apprentice of the Year; and Alison Wakefield, Electrical Apprentice of the Year all won their respective categories representing Mount Isa Mines," Leanne says.

"Our people are the backbone of our business. Recognition through awards is a valuable way to celebrate our high performers and acknowledge the hard work and dedication that makes them a stand out in their field."

We are fortunate to have such a diverse and talented workforce who are willing to represent our company by sharing their personal career stories. Congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners.