11/03/2009 - 22:00

Flanagan heads a talented field of young business winners

11/03/2009 - 22:00

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MORE than 750 people filled the front steps of Parliament House last month to witness one of Western Australia's most successful young mining entrepreneurs recognised in the WA Business News 40under40 Awards.

Flanagan heads a talented field of young business winners

MORE than 750 people filled the front steps of Parliament House last month to witness one of Western Australia's most successful young mining entrepreneurs recognised in the WA Business News 40under40 Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the 40under40 Awards is one of the pre-eminent events for the WA business community, acknowledging the achievements of 40 of the state's most successful business people under the age of 40.

The awards recognise leaders across a variety of industries - from mining, oil and gas and IT to property, finance and publishing.

This year's First Amongst Equals winner, Atlas Iron chief David Flanagan, emerged from a pool of aspiring iron ore miners in WA to successfully take his company from a stock market float to being the first junior iron ore producer in the Pilbara, in just four years.

In addition to his business achievements, Mr Flanagan is part of a new generation of mining entrepreneurs that puts social and environmental responsibility at the top of its values set.

A passionate believer in supporting indigenous communities, Mr Flanagan counts one of his top achievements as completing what he calls "two of the best Native Title agreements" in the history of the Pilbara.

The company has also appointed a mining contractor with a 50 per cent indigenous workforce.

Also recognised were Carr Civil Contracting's Michael Librizzi, Neptune Marine's Russell Collins, and Aspermont's Colm O'Brien, who received strategic alliance awards from Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia, and the City of Perth respectively.

The WA Business News 40under40 Awards have also become known for their unique venues, transforming some of the most unlikely of locations into spectacular backdrops for the awards evening.

Among the venues to have hosted the awards in previous years include the vehicle hold of the Osman Gazi fast ferry, moored at Austal's Henderson shipyards, the Fremantle passenger terminal, and the Woodside Plaza building, the last of these before its official opening.

In 2008, the awards were held at the not-yet-completed Century City building.

This year, the awards returned to one of the most popular venues, Parliament House, with WA Business News the first private group ever to be granted access to the grounds for a function in 2005.

A number of the awards' alumni were in attendance in different capacities, as judges, sponsors and guests.

Margaret River winery Wills Domain, run by previous 40under40 First Amongst Equals winner Darren Haunold, again provided wines for the evening.

Previous 40under40 winner Anthony Hasluck fulfilled judging duties, as did past winner Simon Creek, managing director of Hudson Henning and Goodman.

Panoramic Resources, run by previous 40under40 winner Peter Harold, continued its long-term sponsorship of the event.

The awards also featured a tribute to the late Suzannah Vaughan, a two-time 40under40 Award winner who died last October while on board an oil and gas installation off the coast of India.

Despite the global economic conditions, the overriding theme of the evening was one of optimism, encouraged by the wealth of young enterprising talent rising through the ranks of the WA business community.

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