Lau­rels for con­tri­bu­tion to min­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - Martin Rasini

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

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