(MENAFN - ProactiveInvestors - Australia) IMX Resources (ASX: IXR, TSX: IXR, IXR.WT) has been awarded the state-wide Westpac Large Business Category for its outstanding contribution to Coober Pedy and the Far North region, as part of the 2012 Advantage SA Regional Awards ceremony held at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Adelaide last week.
The awards marked the finale to seven regional award nights around the state to pick an overall state-wide winner in each of the 13 categories. IMX was recognised not only for its contribution to the Far North region, but also to the Port Adelaide area where the company exports its iron ore.
IMX Resources' External Relations Manager Steve Staines said, "The award is the outcome of many years of hard work to ensure that the benefits for the regional community, especially Coober Pedy, have been and will continue to be realised.
"Having said that, there is still plenty more that can be done. We will not rest on our laurels."
The Mayor of Coober Pedy, Mayor Steve Baines was pleased that the efforts of IMX have been recognised saying "We who live here in Coober Pedy and the Far North of the state know the valuable contribution that IMX makes to many of our communities.
"It is great to see that they have received state wide recognition for their efforts. If all businesses in South Australia adopted the same attitude as IMX towards partnering with and listening to communities then the town, region and state would be far more prosperous."
Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy said "Many of our State's mining and energy companies place an enormous priority on contributing to their local communities and IMX is a great example.
"IMX has built an excellent reputation in the Coober Pedy area and in our industry for its community focus, including a far-sighted approach of contributing directly to the prosperity and development of local communities, whilst also maximising the potential for indirect benefits to these communities.
"The placing of their mining village within the Coober Pedy township is an excellent example of this. It's great to see IMX receiving broader public recognition for these strategies and achievements."
Advantage SA chief executive Karen Raffen said the event was a new initiative to bring together the seven regions of South Australia to showcase the finale winners in 13 categories.
"We have exceptionally talented and successful regionally based individuals and companies and we are proud to be celebrating their achievements," she said.
The awards were judged on the entrant's social and economic contribution to the communities and region in which they operate.