Laurels for contribution to mining
NORTH Queenslanders’ contributions to the mining industry have been recognised in the 2011 Queensland Resources Council Resources Awards for Women. Mount Isa’s Robyn Wright, analytical laboratory supervisor for Xstrata Copper, took out the Lifetime Achievement Award after dedicating 32 years of her 40-year career to the industry.
Cloncurry’s Kerrie-Lea Nicholas, who works at Xst rata’s Ernest Henry Mine, shared the operatorcategory award with Sharon Ward, of Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Mine at Nebo, southwest of Sarina.
Lifetime award winner Ms Wright oversees and co- ordinates analyses for lowlevel water and air contaminants and is responsible for 13 staff.
Ms Nicholas is a trainer and assessor operating giant haulage trucks and joined the resources after a varied career that included manager of Cloncurry Airport. Overall winner was Heather Parry, of Leighton Contractors Brisbane, who is project manager at the Dawson North Mine, southwest of Gladstone.
Ms Parry has been active in recruitment of women who constituteal mo s t 20 per cent of her mining fleet staff.
Runners-up for the top award were Karen Stanley, o f Origi n Energy, and Mary Ann Wipaki, of Xstrata Copper, while Lisa Barter of Santos was highly commended.
Other awards and winners were: • Trade – Simone Forbes, of Anglo American’s Moranb a h North Mi n e , wi t h Xstrata Copper’s Amanda Humphrey runner-up; • Gender Diversity Champion – Richard Kostowski, of Xstrata Copper, with Sally Rinehart of Thiess highly recommended; • Best Company Initiative – Thiess Pty Ltd;
The awards were presented by Minister for Employment Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe at QRC’sannual International Women’s Day Breakfast, in Brisbane onTuesday. QRC chief executiv e Michael Roche said award winners were ambassadors for the resources sector.
‘‘ The breakfast and the awards have become pillars of QRC’s Women in Resources Action Plan, aimed at improving attraction and retention of women in the sector,’’ he said.
Mr Roche said female participation in Queensland alone had risen from about 8 per cent to 15 per cent since 2005-06, but was below 11 per cent in areas such as operators, trades, engineers, geologists and senior management.
Mr Roche said QRC was lifting its goal set in 2006 of 12 per cent female participation in these sectors by 2020 to 20 per cent.
KUDOS: Award winner Heather Parry with QRC president Steve de Kruijff and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe