Carey Mining chief Daniel Tucker was last night named as one of four regional winners of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Mr Tucker won the services category, with the judges describing his influence and impact as inspirational. "Taking a real issue, mining relationships with communities and native titles, Daniel has been able to help address labour issues for indigenous communities," they said.
Carey Mining was set up in 1995, winning its first contract with the Sunrise Dam gold mine. It is now Australia's biggest Aboriginal-owned and managed contractor.
Mr Tucker was joined on the winners' rostrum by home builder Dale Alcock from ABN Group, who took out the industry category, Million Dollar Makeovers' Sasha de Bretton (emerging category) and Damione Wright of glove maker Performance on Hand (technology).
Janet Holmes a Court was previously named as the regional champion of entrepreneurship and WA Institute for Medical Research director Peter Klinken won social entrepreneur. The regional category winners and Professor Klinken are now in contention for the national awards in Sydney in November.