THE CONFERENCE CALLER: Stavely Minerals (ASX: SVY) was named winner of the 202 Craig Oliver award on Day two of the 2020 RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle.
The award is given to the ASX-listed resources company that is considered by the judging panel to exemplify an all-round excellence in several fields over the past year, including exploration, mining, corporate, market results, environment and community.
Accepting the award in front of a packed ballroom at The Esplanade Hotel, Stavely Minerals executive chairman Chris Cairns said he was blown away at receiving the gong.
“It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the team at Stavely,” Cairns said.
“I must also acknowledge the outstanding list of other nominees for this year’s award.
“I think the phenomenal achievements currently being made across the Australian mining and exploration industry including some very exciting news of discoveries on both sides of the country and the incredible performance of the mid-tier gold sector in recent years is testament to the industry’s tenacity and resilience.”
Other companies nominated this year for the 2020 Craig Oliver Award were:
Alkane Resources (ASX: ALK)
A gold producer with a multi-commodity exploration and development portfolio.
Alkane’s projects are predominantly in the Central West region of New South Wales, but extend throughout Australia.
Bellevue Gold (ASX: BGL)
A West Australian gold explorer advancing the historic Bellevue gold mine.
In its day, the Bellevue mine was one of Australia’s highest-grade gold mines, producing 800,000 ounces at 15 grams per tonne gold from 1986 to 1997.
Gold Road Resources (ASX: GOR)
A gold producer with Tier 1 mine and exploration projects in the underexplored and highly prospective Yamarna Greenstone Belt in Western Australia’s north-eastern Goldfields.
Gold Road officially opened the Gruyere gold mine (50:50 JV with Gold Fields) late last year.
Image Resources (ASX: IMA)
Australia’s newest minerals sands mining company, operating at its high-grade, zircon-rich Boonanarring project in the infrastructure rich North Perth Basin.
RIU Explorers Conference managing director Stewart McDonald told the packed auditorium Stavely Minerals was a deserved winner of the 2020 Craig Oliver Award.
“While all five nominees have all notched up significant achievements throughout 2019, Stavely Minerals was the one that really stood out not only in terms of its exceptional exploration success but also in terms of acquisitions, share market activity and leadership,” McDonald said.
“I congratulate Chris and the Stavely team with this prestigious win.”