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Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Saturday 27 May 2017

BHP, Iluka Resources, OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation have been recognised at this year’s Premier’s Community Excellence Awards in Mining and Energy.

Making the announcement at the SACOME Together event last night, Premier Jay Weatherill presented the awards, which showcase the resource industries highest achievers.

Excellence in Supporting Communities: BHP Olympic Dam

BHP won this award for a successful collaboration known as “Mining Minds”, supporting community-wide participation in improving early learning through school and adult education in the northern towns of Roxby Downs, Andamooka, Woomera and Maree.

BHP was also commended in the category of Excellence in Leadership-Women in Resources for its vision to create a work environment in which women can flourish, and for working to increase female representation.

Excellence in Social Inclusion: equal winners Iluka Resources; OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation

Iluka Resources was recognised for its ongoing commitment to social inclusion at the Jacinth Ambrosia operations, delivering programs in conjunction with the Far West Coast Native Title Group. Aboriginal people make up 30 per cent of the work force, exceeding the aspirational target of 20 per cent.

OZ Minerals and the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation earned this award for their mutual and participatory partnership model for the Carrapateena project, where both parties have an agreement on how to communicate and work together.


The Premier's Community Excellence Awards in Mining and Energy celebrate the achievements of mining and energy resource companies in supporting local and regional communities and the State as a whole.

Quotes attributable to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

The resources sector is a leader in breaking social disadvantage and has a fantastic record with respect to Aboriginal training and employment, where it leads many other sectors.

Resources companies are a key part of local and regional communities and these winners demonstrate how by working with and in support of communities, companies can thrive.

Many companies reach above and beyond to contribute to social inclusion, vibrant and engaged communities and workplace diversity.

These awards highlight the fact that – more than just having a major economic impact – the resources industry is also shaping our social landscape for the better.

More about the Premier's mining and energy awards